Mercury Madness

This is just fucking amazing. It’s a cosmic comedy act.

I just happened to be reading this news article from a Google Alerts search I had setup. It mentioned the health problems with Campact Flourescent Lamps. I’ve heard about this before somewhere and thought it was something to do with people with sensitive skin, but no, the article mentions mercury in the bulbs. MERCURY ?!

The Wikipedia article says …

According to the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) in 2008, the only property of compact fluorescent lamps that could pose an added health risk is the ultraviolet and blue light emitted by such devices.

But hang on. Is’nt something missing here ? Mercury. And there it is on the THE SAME FREAKING PAGE …

An electrical current from the ballast flows through the gas (mercury vapour), causing it to emit ultraviolet light.

What on earth is a highly toxic gas doing in an environmentally friendly bulb ?!?

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