Australia Bans Incandescent Light Bulbs – World Breathes Easier.


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Finally at the far ends of this earth, a country has done what no one else will…ban incandescent light bulbs. It is about time! They hope to be completely done with them within 3 years, and expect this change to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons.

I know there has been talk here in the States (well, California of course) and the UK of doing this, and while I believe the UK might make it happen, I am afraid we are years off here in California. Due to the majority of citizens “non-belief” in global warming and the upfront cost of the CFL bulbs, I don’t think it is going to happen anytime soon. But who knows, I could be completely wrong and we could ban them here too very soon. One can dream!

There really is no reason to continue to use incandescent light bulbs when CFL’s last so much longer and are better for the environment. I intend to keep my
eye on this story and hope the powers that be here in California use this step the Australians are taking to their advantage in gaining public support.

For more on the story, you can check out a great articles over at BBC News.

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  1. While they do have trace amounts of mercury in them, the rest of the benefits outweigh this amount. That is why these need to be properly recycled and not thrown in the trash like the “old” lightbulbs. Mercury is bad, no doubt, but so is burning way more fossil fuels than we need to in order to light our houses. Plus, these bulbs last about 10 years on average, so a lot less of them are being thrown out…I do wish they could do without the mercury though!

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