“Since the start of 2017, we have thrown out more than 6.4m tonnes of electronic goods, according to The World Counts, a website keeping a live tally of global e-waste.” The Guardian – Samsung and Greenpeace: what you need to know about e-waste | March 1, 2017
E-waste – discarded electronics – is another outrage that results from our 21st century vision of progress. This 25 minute video documentary gives us a glimpse into the lives of workers, many of whom are young children, whose job it is to dismantle our used electronics.
The video also shows how toxins from our electronic products leach into the food and water of the workers’ community, and reveals the extreme toxic exposures that permeate their lives.
What will happen when the Internet of Things produces orders of magnitude more e-waste? With the IoT, household items such as washing machines, mattresses, tea kettles, and plant waterers etc.would all join the ranks of e-waste – their demise hastened yet further by more attractive “up-to-date” IoT “things,” or the need to be replaced due to more cyber insecurities.
Who in the IoT world is even talking about E-Waste, and how did such a bad idea as the IoT ever catch on? – Health, privacy, cyber security, impacts on wildlife, huge energy consumption, conflict minerals, effects on our brains and humanity etc.- and what for? Smart diapers, robots to raise our children, and the like?
The E-Waste Curse: The deadly effect of dumping E-waste in Pakistan
RTD visits the Ghana’s most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the infamous Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife. Learn more https://rtd.rt.com/films/toxicity/
The UN says e-waste in Asia has jumped nearly two-thirds in 5 years, raising hazards for the environment and for people who dismantle discarded gadgets.
The U.S. leads the world in e-waste, and while electronic recycling is increasingly popular, what happens after consumers drop off their computers, phones and other products is less clear. A watchdog group has found a lot of tossed junk, with its toxic components, winds up in poorer nations — and that very little recycling is g