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Solar panel recycling: Turning ticking time bombs into opportunities

Date: May 27, 2020

Australia has certainly demonstrated its appetite for solar power. Now, with the average lifespan of a solar panel being approximately 20 years, many installations from the early 2000’s are set to reach end-of-life. Will they end up in landfill or be recycled?

 

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5G: the true cost will be measured in e-waste

Date: August 4, 2020

5G, the successor to the 4G network currently servicing your mobile phone, is more than just the next generation of phone network technology. In increasing download speeds dramatically, it will also enable new connected technologies. But it could also usher in an unprecedented wave of electronic waste we’re not prepared for.

 

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US electronics network to start worker exposure programme

Date: July 9, 2020

A US multi-stakeholder group is starting a programme in October that aims to protect workers from hazardous chemicals along the electronics supply chain.

The Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN), which formed in 2016, says workers in electronics production facilities around the world – especially in emerging economies – are “often involuntarily exposed to toxic chemicals”.

 

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Global e-waste growth rate poses increased danger to the environment

Date: July 8, 2020

Recent research findings published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have revealed that global e-waste is growing at an alarming rate. Many people worldwide use electronic gadgets such as smartphones, laptops and TVs, but few countries have an elaborate plan for disposing or recycling the waste generated. Today, approximately 5.16 billion people use mobile phones globally. Interestingly, most people only use a new phone for 2.5 years.

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Congrats, Humanity, We Trashed a Record Number of Electronics Last Year

Date: July 2nd, 2020

The world keeps producing more headphones, microwaves, laptops, air conditioners, and other pieces of electronics even as a record amount ends up as e-waste. A new report concluded that in 2019, humanity generated its highest ever total of e-waste globally, underscoring a rapidly growing problem.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Electronics Supply Chain

Date: June 2, 2020

The pandemic is a global crisis that no one could have anticipated but everyone could have prepared for. The spread of the lethal illness has hammered companies across the electronics supply chain. But it has also presented itself as a golden opportunity.

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Factory behind India gas leak operated illegally until 2019

Date: May 11, 2020

The chemical factory that leaked gas into a coastal Indian city on Thursday morning, killing at least 12 people and putting hundreds in hospital, was operating illegally until at least the middle of 2019, documents show.

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Visakhapatnam gas leak | Villagers stage protest in front of LG Polymers

Date: May 9, 2020

Tension prevailed in front of the main gate of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam, as villagers carrying four dead bodies, who died due to the leakage of styrene monomer gas, staged a protest, demanding the shifting of the company, here on Saturday.

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Silicon Valley Is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country

Date: September 22, 2019

Microchip manufacturers contaminated the groundwater in the 1980s. Almost 40 years later, the cleanup still isn’t complete.

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Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Kills 11 and Sickens Hundreds

Date: May 7, 2020

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Trade body files lawsuit against EU flame retardant ban…

Date: March 12, 2020

BSEF calls prohibition on entire class of chemicals under Ecodesign ‘unlawful’

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Case–control study of brain and other central nervous system cancer among workers at semiconductor and storage device manufacturing facilities

This study evaluated the relationship between brain and other central nervous system cancer (‘CNS cancer’) and exposures at two semiconductor and electronic module manufacturing facilities and at a storage device manufacturing facility.

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What E-Waste Journalism Gets Wrong

Date: March 2, 2020

This article argues that consumers need to understand a lot more than just where old electronics end up- we must look at the full life cycle to understand the true costs, from mining, to production, to use and end of life
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Sweden finds hazardous chemicals in over 25% of electrical goods tested

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) has detected lead, cadmium or short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in more than 25% of electrical products tested.

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How a Rising Anti-Mining Movement Is Challenging Portugal’s “White Gold” Rush

Date: 29 December 2019

The global transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles — technologies that are currently powered by lithium-ion batteries — is creating a high demand for lithium, popularly known as white gold, among other minerals.

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Chinese metal mines feed the global demand for gadgets. They’re also poisoning China’s poorest regions.

Date: 29 December 2019

DACHANG, China — Day and night, overfilled trucks rumble down Nanjiu Road in the saw-toothed hills that stretch to the Vietnam border. It’s a procession at the heart of one of China’s most hazardous industries.

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Google admits workers making its tech exposed to ‘birth defect’ chemical

Date: 28 December 2019

Concerns have been raised over the safety of workers at factories used by Google were exposed to harmful chemicals amid hundreds of safety violations.

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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.

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Chad gold mine collapse leaves about 30 people dead

Date: 26 September 2019

About 30 people have died in a collapse at an illegal gold mine in Chad near the Libyan border.

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Silicon Valley Is One of the Most Polluted Places in the Country

Date: 22 September 2019

Microchip manufacturers contaminated the groundwater in the 1980s. Almost 40 years later, the cleanup still isn’t complete.

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Gold mining leaves heart of Peruvian Amazon a wasteland

Date: 21 September 2019

A decade of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has left thousands of acres of rainforest a wasteland.

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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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