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Sahman Ukas, left, stands with fellow Tambea village resident Sukiman in Pomalaa, Indonesia. They look at an area turned orange with meter-deep runoff sludge from the mines in the hills behind them. (Ian Morse for The Washington Post)Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.

Date: 20 November 2019

POMALAA, Indonesia — Where forested hills dip into the sea, Sahman Ukas scoops up rusty-red topsoil.

His hands hold nickel that is more concentrated than many of the world’s richest deposits.

It’s no wonder, then, that on Sahman’s island of Sulawesi, companies have opened several mines in the past 15 years to feed the global market for stainless steel — made ductile and tough with nickel.

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Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law

Date: 8 September 2019

Seattle, Washington, USA. 09 August, 2019. Croatia’s 6th of September deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment has allowed this global waste dumping prohibition to finally enter into the force of international law.

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Chinese migrant workers suffer the effects of pollution at work and in their living environment

Date: 16 July 2019

Pollution has become a major health crisis in China. With industrial pollution as a significant contributing factor, many workers, especially rural migrant workers who have been exposed to some of the harshest working and living conditions over many years and denied the same rights and mechanisms to rectify their suffering, face a double burden to their health.

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DR Congo copper and cobalt miners killed in Kolwezi

Date: 28 June 2019

At least 36 people have been killed after a copper and cobalt mine collapsed in Lualaba province in south-east DR Congo, authorities say.

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Public Health Burden of E-waste in Africa

Date: 4 June 2019

Environmental impacts from informal e-waste recycling are increasing in Africa.

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Female workers at semiconductor plants face greater risk of leukemia and death

Date: 23 May 2019

Female workers handling chips at South Korean semiconductor plants face a 1.59 times higher risk of leukemia…

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S. Korean Gov’t Admits “Relatedness of Fatalities and Illnesses” in Semiconductor Industry

Date: 23 May 2019

Workers fell sick and died due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in their chip labs, Korea Workers Compensation…

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Behind the Hype of Apple’s Plan to End Mining

Date: 7 March 2019

There are 118 elements on the periodic table. An iPhone contains about 75 of them.

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