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2012-02-10 15:13:22

UN report finds imports of waste electronics from Europe exacerbate E-waste problem in Africa In the five countries studied in the report "Where are WEEE in Africa?" (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria), between 650,000 and 1,000,000 tons of domestic E-waste are generated each year, which need to be managed to protect human health and the environment in the region. The report sheds light on current recycling practices and on socio-economic characteristics of...

2011-09-12 14:21:57

How can legislation be used to avoid hazardous waste being dumped where it could poison people and the environment in developing countries? Introducing producer responsibility could be one solution, says Panate Manomaivibool of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, in a new thesis. In recent years, the problems of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in China, India and various African countries have been...

2011-04-21 00:00:29

A recently launched company is looking to give back, encourage e-waste education and stimulate the electronics industry to reconsider its manufacturing materials this Earth Day and beyond. Ohmlop was founded on the premise of looking for a simple solution to the worlds' fastest growing waste stream, e-waste, while acknowledging the need for digital age products that are earth-friendly. California (PRWEB) April 20, 2011 A recently launched company is looking to give back, encourage e-waste...

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2010-02-22 08:10:00

Rocketing sales of cell phones, gadgets, appliances forecast in China, India, elsewhere Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years. And, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries face the specter of hazardous e-waste mountains with serious consequences for the environment and public health, according to UN experts in a...

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2009-11-14 06:15:00

An upcoming report from the Basel Convention on transboundary movement of hazardous waste is said to show a "catastrophic accumulation of e-waste" that could prove to be hazardous. "I'd say its something in the region of six billion tons, it's a rough estimate," said Katharina Kummer Peiry, executive secretary of the international agreement. "E-waste did not even exist as a waste stream in 1989 and now it's one of the largest and growing exponentially," Peiry said. The AFP reported that a UN...

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2009-09-04 14:38:45

Disposal and recycling standards for old computer equipment and other electronic waste must be harmonized for this rapidly growing problem to be dealt with effectively across national borders. An analysis of the current rules and regulations is reported in the latest issue of the International Journal of Environmental Engineering. Sunil Herat, a senior lecturer in waste management at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, explains that different policies are being developed worldwide to...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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