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Polluting industries - e-waste
- Discuss the reasons for and consequences of the relocation of polluting industries (such as some TNCs) and waste disposal (such as ICT, chemical and nuclear waste) to countries with weaker environmental controls and safety regulations.
On this page we will look at resources about:
Why some industries relocate to LIC's and the environmental effects of these movements
Where does e-waste end up?
A Greenpeace video which looks at the disposal of e waste in India and the human and environmental effects of this disposal and the work which is carried out on the discarded electronics.
The Digital Dump
This is the trailer for a 23 minute video, The Digital Dump, which is the story of the illegal and immoral international electronics waste trade seen through the lens of one African country. Shot in Lagos Nigeria for the Basel Action Network, the documentary looks at the environmental and social impact the disposal of used and outdated electronics is having once shipped from the rich to the poorer countries of the world for alleged re-use.
Globalisation and the environment in developing countries
Greenpeace - e-waste
The Greenpeace website includes a number of pages about the issue of e-waste.
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is a diverse non-profit organization engaged in research, advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high-tech industry. This website includes information on waste.
Basel Action Network
Basel Action Network (BAN) is the world’s only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts.
United Nations: Human Rights - Disposal of hazardous substances and wastes
This United Nations website looks at "Special Rapporteur on the human rights implications of environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes".
Zero Waste America
Zero Waste America (ZWA) is a Internet-based environmental research organization specializing in the field of Zero Waste. Zero Waste is the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace in a manner that protects human health and the environment.
The Digital Dump
A report of a Basel Action Network (BAN) investigation into digital waste. The report indicates that Nigeria possesses a remarkable capacity for highly skilled repair and refurbishment operations. However, BAN interviewed Nigerian refurbishing companies and discovered that most of the electronics being sent to the country are just toxic trash with no where to go. Published in 2005 by BAN.
Environment Justice: income, race and health
Rachel Massey of Tufts University has put together this information which explores questions related to the distribution of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. It centres on environmental justice, looking at the way in which minority and low-income communities and countries often bear a disproportionate share of evironmental costs.
Exporting harm: the high-tech trashing of Asia
The United States and other wealthy nations use most of the world’s electronic products and generate most of the e-waste. Yet, they have also made use of a convenient, hidden escape valve – exporting the e-waste crisis to impoverished developing countries of Asia. This 2002 report was a partnership between Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Basel Action Network (BAN), Toxics Link (India) and SCOPE (Pakistan).
Toxic Trash: 2005 Greenpeace Report on the Exportation of E-Waste
Greenpeace International’s report shows what standard recycling practices look like in China and other countries that are ill-equipped to handle the toxic garbage and the devastating effects on the local and global communities.
Dangerous chemicals found in computers
Click on the image above to access an interactive image which details the toxic chemicals found in computers.
The electronic waste trail
Click on the image above to view an interactive map showing where e-waste originates from and where it ends up.
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