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World wilts beneath weight of e-waste and plastic

It's the throwaway society: e-waste outweighs Europe's population, plastic waste often ends in the sea. Recycling rates offer little hope.


The world generated 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019

E-waste is the fastest-growing domestic waste stream in the world. In 2019, the world threw out the equivalent weight of 350 cruise ships’ worth of electronics.

Global e-waste surging: Up 21% in 5 years

A record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was produced globally in 2019,The weight of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2.


For Gen Z, two defining events: COVID-19 and climate change

An unforeseen pairing of catastrophes will inform how Generation Z navigates the world as adults, and what sort of future they create.

Greta Thunberg wasn't the first to demand climate action. Meet more young activists

In what they see as a battle for their future, youths are taking action and demanding their elders do more to protect the planet.

PA: Local professors sign on to right to repair movement

The Right to Repair movement holds that electronics manufacturers should make their manuals and schematics publicly available, along with the parts and tools needed to fix their products.

Europe wants a 'right to repair' smartphones and gadgets

The European Union is seeking to help consumers fix or upgrade devices, rather than replace them, as part of a 30-year push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What challenges do consumer electronics companies face in addressing their chemical footprint?

The vast scale of their supply chains is just one of the potential obstacles to grapple with as businesses take their latest steps towards managing hazardous chemicals.

Plastic Pollution

Your vape litter is becoming an environmental disaster

Smoking habits are changing, and so too is the waste that goes with them.

Rwanda's trash warrior tackles e-waste with blockchain

Ghislain Irakoze is tapping into a $62.5 billion industry and saving the environment at the same time.

Tamir Kalifa: The toxic trash that is poisoning the West Bank

Constant fires of e-waste and trash are sickening residents and contaminating fields where sheep once grazed in the southern West Bank. Efforts to fix the problem have become mired in politics.

Bloomington's PCB history: officials confident in cleanup but hesitant to issue 'all clear'

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to list three toxic waste sites in Monroe County on the Superfund National Priorities List.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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