Since 1999, has been recommending that people switch from incandescent lightbulbs to fluorescents, and now Australia is planning to ban incandescents altogether, effective in 2010. This will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by the crucial year of 2012 (the year the Mayans predicted the world would end).

The incandescent light bulb, which was invented in the 19th century, wastes energy by giving off heat while the light is switched on. California, which has long been in the vanguard when it comes to preventing global warming, may be the first state in the US to do the same.

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