Friday, February 28, 2014

E-waste in pictures

A classic "globalisation and the environment" story - how trade in e-waste from the West creates jobs but destroys lives in developing countries. 

One quote from one picture "Boys and young men smash devices to get to the metals, especially copper. Injuries, such as burns, untreated wounds, eye damage, lung and back problems, go hand in hand with chronic nausea, anorexia, debilitating headaches and respiratory problems. Most workers die from cancer in their 20s"

 I have included just two pictures from the article below.

Agbogbloshie: the world's largest e-waste dump – in pictures [Guardian]

 Old monitors are used to build bridges.

 Cows with open wounds graze on the site.

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