In our rush to become more green (and it is a rush), Wise Bread today reminds us of the law of unintended consequences.
The Law of Unintended Consequences is not a law in the strict scientific sense, but it is often quoted to encapsulate the idea that almost all human actions have at least one unintended consequence. In other words, each cause has more than one effect, including unforeseen effects.
If we plant tomatoes in our new garden, we'll enjoy the benefits of fresh sauce and fresh tomatoes all summer. The unintended consequence for this however is Rats. Plump juicy rats, all summer long. Yucko.
More relevant to the topic of going "green", what about these trace amounts of mercury in the CF bulbs? What effect will that have on us when all these CFs are improperly disposed of?
the law of unintended consequences [from wise bread]