waste is a serious danger to humans, animals and the environment.
waste releases toxic chemicals like lead, and it’s already endangering
the health of people in countries including India, Pakistan, Vietnam,
Ghana and the Philippines, where there are informal recycling industries dedicated to burning and dismantling these abandoned parts.
- Recycling printed circuit boards has led 80% of children in Guiyu, China — one of the world’s largest recycling sites — to suffer from respiratory ailments.
- One study found
that nearly 82% of Guiyu children had blood lead levels higher than
- Mostly women and children work at these digital dumping grounds, and they make only about $1.5 a day.
now, a group of scientists in California are trying to fix that problem
with new biodegradable circuitry.
- With a little bit more development,
this means that things like electronic sensors — which let your Apple Watch detect your pulse, for example — could basically melt into the ground someday, without releasing toxic chemicals. Read more (5/9/17)