trash imports

America Ships Electronic Waste Overseas – Terence Chea

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 […]

The Art of Trade – Lisa Movius

From the Wall Street Journal: When people talk about the “dirtier” side of China’s economic development they usually mean air and water pollution. But there’s more to it than that, as a gallery show currently on in Shanghai demonstrates. Liu Jianhua is a sculptor who first caught the art world’s attention in the mid 1990s […]

The Tao of Junk – Daniel Gross

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 […]

eDump: A Multimedia Site About Electronic Waste – Michael Zhao

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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