Monday, September 04, 2006

high tech trash

Just ran across the following book in the local library; haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it looks significantly depressing.

Elizabeth Grossman, High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxins, and Human Health (2006, Island Press).

It overviews how toxic a wired world is and brings together a number of issues which we often hear about separately: toxic mining, toxicity of manufacturing computers and digital devices, toxicity of these devices when we throw them away (heavy metals, lead, a variety of plastics), the export of e-trash to the third world, etc.

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