Monday, October 15, 2007

Environment matters!

Funny. I started to draft this post last week. After that two things happened:

  1. Al Gore was rewarded the Nobel peace prize.
  2. I learned that Blog action day named today the day to blog about the environment.

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day
So - here's my contribution that fits to both of these events (which I didn't know when I started the draft).

I have enjoyed the videos from CommonCraft on various topics. Mostly related to web applications like social networking, wikis, RSS and social bookmarking.

Last week I stumbled over this video, which covers how the environment benefits from using CFL lightbulbs.



There's some discussion on if especially the mercury component of such lamps makes it a bad choice for the enviroment. See eg. here, here and here.

It seems like:

  • As for the risk if you break a CFL lamp at home: Shall of course be avoided, but a broken lamp does not bring any immediate health issues.
  • CFL lamp shall be re-cycled (of course...) in order to avoid mercury to leak into nature.

Sound good.

However, what does the equation look like for Sweden? In Sweden we have a large degree of hydro- and nuclear power production. Does that affect the figures? I have not looked deeper into this - anyone?

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