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IB Geography - Environmental Change: Polluting industries

A guide to information resources on Environmental Change for your year 13 Higher IB Geography topic, compiled by your Librarians.

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

Fotos of e-waste found on Flickr (2009) by Vibek Raj Maurya

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. 

source: youtube

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for the Basel Action Network, the documentary looks at the environmental and social impact the disposal of used and outdated electronics is having once shipped from the rich to the poorer countries of the world for alleged re-use.

Source: youtube

Globalisation and the environment in developing countries

Useful websites

Useful reports

Latest news on e-waste

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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Research databases


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Google Scholar

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