Recently, I stumbled across a number of interesting articles concerning the growing export of electronic waste (and all the accompanying nastiness) to the third world.
A NowPublic user from India wrote an excellent piece on it today:
The New Moore Market lies in largely underdeveloped hemisphere of North Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The business here makes money out of electronic scrap dumped by developed nations. The money is good, but the risks are grave. There is very little concern about the risks or long-term implications of this business. The market streets are usually choked with smoke from burning electronic junk. Children, playing with the hazardous waste strewn around is a regular sight.
Other articles of you might find interesting:
- Nigeria to impose import duties to stem influx of junk PCs (2008)
- China’s E-Waste Problem: Facing Up to the Challenge
- China’s e-waste mountain growing (2007)
- Growing concern over India’s e-waste (2003)
- Greenpeace documentary on E waste in India (2006)
- Nigeria Photo gallery of E waste (2005)
- Nigeria fears E waste ‘Toxic Legacy’ (2006)