Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

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  • 2017•01•17     The Asahi Shimbun

    Excerpts from the article in The Associated Press:

    “China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more than doubling, according to a new study by the United Nations University. But nearly every country in the region had massive increases between 2010 and 2015, including those least equipped to deal with the growing mountain of discarded smartphones, computers, TVs, air conditioners and other goods.”

    “Ruediger Kuehr, one of the study’s authors, said the amount of waste being generated is higher than governments estimate, partly because of their narrower definitions, and should be a wake-up call to policymakers and consumers.”

    “A smartphone, for example, uses more than half the elements in the periodic table, some of which are very rare, and in the longer run will be exhausted without recycling, said Kuehr.”