From Bali to Bulbs
December 23, 2007 7:08am
Burning bright and more efficiently these days
The bulbs were probably installed before the recent climate change meeting in Bali. They may be more symbolic than anything else (other light fixtures along the sea near St. Mark's aren't illuminated by the energy-saving compact fluorescents, at least not yet), but in this much-photographed square, they're hard to ignore. Also hard to ignore: an article in today's New York Times about a tropical disease, chikungunya, a relative of dengue fever, that terrified residents of Ravenna, Italy, about 100 miles south of Venice, this summer. The disease, carried north by tiger mosquitoes, is normally found only in countries bordering the Indian Ocean. But warmer temperatures lured the mosquito north to Italy.
Ravenna residents, more than 100 of whom got chikungunya, initially blamed human migrants. But the carrier was of a different order of magnitude altogether. Perhaps Ravenna's main square now features compact fluorescent bulbs, too.