2.20.2007

Australia bans incandescent bulbs

Australia will be the world’s first country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the government saying on Tuesday they would be phased out within three years. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yellow incandescent bulbs, which have been in use virtually unchanged for 125 years, would be replaced by more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs by 2009.

1 comment:

Jo said...

I heard on NPR the other day that fluorescent bulbs have mercury in them and that they have to be disposed of via toxic waste dumps in the US. Most people have been throwing them in the trash with regular waste, so our dumps are full of mercury.