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High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health

by Elizabeth Grossman

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The Digital Age was expected to usher in an era of clean production, an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants. But, as environmental journalist Elizabeth Grossman reveals in this penetrating analysis of high tech manufacture and disposal, digital may be sleek, but it's anything but clean. Deep within every electronic device lie toxic materials that make up the bits and bytes, a complex thicket of lead, mercury, cadmium, plastics, and a host of other often harmful ingredients.The problem goes far beyond American shores, most tragically to the cities in China and India where shiploads of discarded electronics arrive daily. There, they are "recycled" - picked apart by hand, exposing thousands of workers and community residents to toxics..… (more)

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