Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News7 July 2011
(Olle Johansson, assoc. prof.
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm
in full public view as key players publish papers detailing
where they stand on cell phone tumor risks. The
diametrically opposing views have led to conflicting
stories in the media as each new study is released.
The latest chapter came late last week when ICNIRP
announced that cell phones are safe.
Read the full story at:
And be sure to check out the latest Short Take
on our home page: NCI's Martha Linet on IARC's
decision to classify RF radiation as a possible
July 6, 2011. Finally someone measured the mercury content of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs!
We have been told that CFL bulbs contain 0.5 mg of mercury and that lower mercury-content bulbs will be produced in the future, yet many bulbs exceed this value as shown in the article below.
The total amount of mercury in CFLs ranged from 0.1 to 3.6 mg.
What does this mean?
Let's look at the water quality guidelines for mercury as a comparison.
The maxiumum concentration of total mercury in drinking water is 1.0 micro gram per litre. That number is 0.001 mg mercury per litre of water. Therefore the mercury content of a CFL bulb, at the nominal 0.5 mg per bulb, is 500 time higher than the concentration in a litre of drinking water!
Is there anyone out there who is a watch dog for this product or can CFL manufacturers do anything they want? We don't allow lead paint on toys from China yet we import light bulbs that contain mercury! This is not a bright idea for us, for the environment, or for the Chinese workers. Click http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6211261.ece to read 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers, Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West.