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.
A place for antiheroic technology
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