Light Bulb Makeover: ugly BEFORE & Beautiful AFTER
The full conversion away from the energy hog big round bulbs should finish by 2012. There is some debate as one announcement is for England to have the change complete by 2009. Depends on the supply and where the bulbs are imported from affecting a local economy, cough cough, America. Brits will have to make the change at some point because the bulbs everybody grew up with will be harder to find than a recalled Made in China Mattel toy. It seems Brits are not in a raging rush to save the planet by retiring the old lights, the Chinese, Indians and Americans can hypocritically applaud the action. There is no room for criticism from the biggest polluters.
The old light bulbs are being rapidly replaced by low-energy bulbs, which cost more to buy but last up to 12 times as long and use nearly 80% less electricity.
But the government's voluntary initiative was criticised by environmental groups and other political parties, who argued that it was weak compared with initiatives in other countries. Australia has banned conventional bulbs beyond 2009.
Greenpeace director John Sauven said: "The government needs to go further and introduce tough mandatory efficiency standards rather than relying on weak voluntary initiatives. For every year of delay in getting rid of these bulbs, 5m tonnes of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere unnecessarily."
Clinton Global Initiative. The initial cost to just get into the elite CGI meeting is a cool $15,000 USD - that's the easy part. Participants must pony up time and resources in a specified time frame or never darken the door of this esteemed group again. Commitment-phobes need not apply. Global Warming affects the entire Earth and developing nations suffer in a more disproportionate way which is why all world initiatives to decrease climate change are being discussed and debated in New York this week at CGI.
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