e-waste: a few tips for the U.S. Environmental...
Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed its international priorities at a meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an organisation that acts to mitigate the impacts on the environment of cross-border commerce. One of the priority areas will be ‘Cleaning up e-waste’, where: EPA recognizes this urgent concern and will work with international...
trash | track →
Amazing MIT project to visualise the journey of, well, rubbish: TrashTrack uses hundreds of small, smart, location aware tags: a first step towards the deployment of smart-dust - networks of tiny locatable and addressable microeletromechanical systems.These tags are attached to different types of trash so that these items can be followed through the city’s waste management system,...
magazine - now with with added e-waste... →
Hmm - not exactly design for (end-of-)life, this one. A magazine with a video insert advertising a large US crop science firm (that I will not directly name in this blog - they seem to be getting enough advertising, already!). I’d be interested to know what consumers and municipalities are supposed to do to thoughtfully dispose of this one. I only pray that this (dis)invention...
Pitchfork: Best New Music →
Generally, spot on.
more reasons why a ban on e-waste exports is not... →
In a previous post, I presented my opposition to Prof Eric William’s assertion that a ban on e-waste export is wrong. Debate on the subject continues: Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network (BAN), has picked apart Prof William’s three reasons why a ban on e-waste eports is wrong. His piece is well worth a read. Here’s a sample: …until we can replace...
A global graveyard for dead computers in Ghana →
Harrowing slideshow from New York Times, showing why dumping is wrong. In Agbogbloshie, a slum in Accra, the capital of Ghana, adults and children tear away at computers from abroad to get at the precious metals inside.
Planned Obsolescence: 8 Products Designed to Fail →
Excellent blog gathering the tech and environmental journalism of Andrew Donoghue, specialist in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world. An example of his lit stylings: In the dystopian imaginings of two of my favourite films, The Terminator and Blade Runner, irresponsible application of technology is to blame for ravaged landscapes and a distinct lack of anything warm and...
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Global Voices →
Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. See contribution from Elena Ignatova about e-waste.
Is a ban on e-waste exports wrong?
In an somewhat contentious article published yesterday, Professor Eric Williams, an expert in matters related to end-of-life electronics, set out three reasons why he thinks a ban on e-wastes exports is wrong. The general gist is that given the increased use of electronics, the problem of e-waste is bound to get worse. But, says Prof Williams, trade bans can cut jobs and push recycling to the...
Balkans E-waste Management Advocacy Network →
An initiative to keep your eye on… I’ll be posting loads of info about this.
Energy Entrepreneurs: Mexico’s DIY wind farms.
Laptop Burns →
This blog is by my colleague (and Computer Aid International CEO) Toby Roberts, exploring issues related to ICT4D, including sustainable use of ICTs. A good read!
To reuse or recycle?
I recently rediscovered Annie Leonard’s brilliant ‘The Story of Stuff’, an animated feature that compels us to think about the impacts on planet and people of the myriad stuff we buy, use and ultimately throw away. In it, Annie explains how while recycling is great, it cannot be the only solution to dealing with the stuff we throw away. This is because even if we were able to...
The Story of Stuff →
Created by Annie Leonard to extend the impact of her film, ‘The Story of Stuff’, a short animated feature that demands us to consider the impact of all the stuff we buy, use and ultimately throw away. You can watch this film on the site, as well the excellent ‘The Story of Bottled Water’ (plus other ‘Stories of’). Other useful downloads also available. ...