Bloomberg Businessweek has published a lengthy excerpt from contributor Adam Minter’s...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 12, 2008
E-waste in China has been getting more attention in the Western media, with a report on last week’s 60 Minutes program. Chemistry World magazine also reports on new findings on elevated levels of lead and miscarriages in...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 6, 2008
Discarded computers waiting to be dismantled in Guiyu, by Bert van Dijk
by Sophie Beach | Sep 17, 2008
A new report from the Government Accountability Office blames the Environmental Protection Agency for the dumping of hazardous electronic waste into other countries such as China. From the Washington Post: The 63-page report...
by Liu Yong | Jun 15, 2008
From AFP: Three containers with suspected toxic electronic waste from the United States were detained by Hong Kong inspectors after environmental activists boarded a cargo ship, a campaigner said Sunday. The activists from...
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 27, 2007
Another chapter in the Guiyu e-waste story, this time from Daily Telegraph with a holiday twist: The Chinese town of Guiyu is the graveyard of Christmas past. It is where presents – game consoles, laptops, mobile phones – come to die. It is also where they are reborn. In this giant scrap-yard, so dangerously polluted […]
by Sophia Cao | Nov 18, 2007
From AP: Most Americans think they’re helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones. But chances are they’re contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. While there are no precise figures, activists estimate that 50 to 80 percent of the 300,000 […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 8, 2007
Salon’s How the World Works blog writes about Michael Zhao’s eDump documentary: A lifetime of blog posts decrying the environmental toll of high-tech industrial production does not begin to approach the impact of Michael Zhao‘s 20-minute documentary on the processing of e-waste in Guiyu, China. The images are extraordinary and unforgettable. The land, air, and […]
by Michael Zhao | Nov 5, 2007
This film took a very long time (more than a year) to produce. And it took not only a great deal of hard work, but also a lot of sadness to overcome to struggle to the finish line (for now). First I produced a multimedia package on this issue, available at michaelzhao.net/eDump. Then my colleagues […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 9, 2007
With the focus on exports arriving in the U.S. from China, Slate Magazine looks at what exactly the U.S. is exporting to China: Economists make a big deal out of all the junk we import from China: tainted pet food, lead-laced toys, and enough cheap plastic tchotchkes to load up a landfill the size of […]
by Kate Zhao | Jul 12, 2007
From Treehugger.com: When used computers, televisions and other electronic products are ready to go up to that big scrap heap in the sky, they often end their journeys lying in some large landfill in China. Indeed, over the last decade, China has quickly become the de facto repository for developed countries’ discarded electronics, known collectively […]
by Patricia Kim | Jun 11, 2007
Today Reuters reports on Guiyu, a Chinese e-wasteland: Guiyu is a modern day gold rush town. But instead of panning for gold in babbling streams, workers shift through piles of broken old computer parts in acrid smelling shacks, smelting down parts with crude equipment to extract valuable metals like gold and copper. [Full text] For […]
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