Australia to ban incandescent bulbs

Australia has announced it will ban incandescent light bulbs in three years in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, becoming the first country to do away with this technology, which has been in use for more than a century.
Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement Tuesday, saying replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs would cut 800,000 tonnes from Australia’s current emissions levels by 2012.
“It’ll be illegal to sell a product that doesn’t meet [an energy efficiency] standard, so that will happen by 2009 [or] 2010,” Turnbull told ABC radio in Australia. “So by that stage, you simply won’t be able to buy incandescent light bulbs because they won’t meet the energy standard.”
Australia says lights out to incandescent bulbs