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Activists Stemming the Tide of E-Waste Dumped in Africa

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Activists with the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency are trying to stop a toxic flood of broken TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, and other junked electronic devices known as e-waste pouring into Ghana.

"We are destroying the lives of children, we are destroying the environment, the rivers no longer have fish, just because of the illegal shipments and dumping of electronic waste from the U.K.," journalist Mike Anane told the BBC show Panorama.

More than three-quarters of all e-waste from England and Wales ends up in West Africa, primarily Ghana and Nigeria, according to a confidential report obtained by Panorama.

Professor Margaret Bates, of Northampton University, said that while other streams of waste are being reduced,, e-waste is going in the opposite direction - growing at a rate of 5% a year.

EIA’s latest report, “SCANDAL OF UK’S ILLEGAL E-WASTE TRADE EXPOSED” was released this week and is available online at www.eia-international.org.

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0 # Guest 2011-05-24 03:27
How do I get on board this crusade?
 

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