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Fluorescent bulbs offer mercury advantage

Relying on fluorescent lights may cut how much mercury is released into the environment each year.

New calculations by a team of Yale University scientists indicate that when the electricity used to power lighting comes primarily from coal-fired generating plants, the energy savings associated with fluorescent bulbs will translate into reductions in coal burning. And since most coal contains small but substantial quantities of mercury, burning less coal will reduce the electric industry's release of mercury into the environment.

Full story from Science News.