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Half the world's species could go extinct and you're part of the problem

For many people, species on the verge of extinction are "out of sight, out of mind," but on Endangered Species Day the National Geographic Society is making sure that no one will be able to look away.<p>Instead of images of celebrities, clothing and products, on Friday billboards in Time Square and …

Top Biologist: Half of All Species May Be Gone By 2100

Mitch Tobin<br>Arizona Daily Star, Tucson<p>August 9, 2002<p>The world faces a "bottleneck of overpopulation and wasteful consumption" that could drive half of Earth's species to extinction in this century, eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson told more than 2,000 ecologists meeting in Tucson this week.<p>"We're …

Top Five Tips from National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2017 has come to an end, but treating your volunteers well should be a priority each and every one of the other 51 weeks.In …

59 Useful Mobile Apps & Online Tools for Nonprofits

The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Provided you set aside the time to explore and …

The One Thing Nonprofits Wish Companies Understood

Beth Kanter knows a thing or two about nonprofits. With over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector, Kanter has penned several award-winning books and is the writer of one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She’s trained thousands of nonprofits around the world and in …

Apple Forces Recyclers to Shred All iPhones and MacBooks

Documents obtained by Motherboard: "No reuse. No parts harvesting. No resale."<p>Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the …

Intel Unveils First Optane Memory Modules - PCMag UK

Intel on Monday began selling its first Optane memory modules, which it says will transform the traditional relationship between PC memory and …

Reveal: America's digital dumping ground

You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets?<p>They might not end up where you expect.<p>On this …

How I Recycle Nearly Everything in Our Office

For a very long time, I've been the recycling guy in our office. I set up special bins and boxes where our employees can drop off hard-to-recycle …

Warnings over children's health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys

A trend towards using plastic parts in electrical and electronic goods is causing a headache for the recycling industry<p>Flame retardants used in plastics in a wide range of electronic products is putting the health of children exposed to them at risk, according to a new report (pdf).<p>Brominated …

Organic Electronics as Low-cost, Sustainable Approach to Energy Usage

The latest kind of electronics to do the rounds, organic electronics, have ushered in an era of sustainable technology. There has been growth in the …

The Champions of Right to Repair: Interview with Gay Gordon-Byrne

Interview with Gay Gordon-Byrne, Executive Director of The Repair Association

US bill seeks to stem Chinese flow of counterfeit electronics

A bill has been reintroduced in the US that would hinder the production of counterfeit electronics in China and other countries.<p>The Secure E-waste …

E-waste

How Smart Design can solve e-waste challenge

Featured<p>Apps reveal cloud differences across Africa<p>When it comes to hosting and accessing applications in the cloud, businesses in South Africa have …

More Affordable Devices Lead to Doubling of E-Waste in China Since 2010

A migrant worker strips down wires by hand in Guiyu, Guangdong province | Image credit: Greenpeace<p>Related:<p>The volume of discarded electronics in East …

Right to Repair bills introduced in five states (Update: correction)

Right to Repair bills have been introduced in five US states meaning manufacturers would be required to sell replacement parts to independent repair companies and consumers in those locations, in addition to making their service manuals public.<p>Manufacturers are usually keen to keep repairs in-house …

$140 Million Sustainable Manufacturing Institute Will Focus on Reuse, Recycling Technologies

A new sustainable manufacturing institute, led by the US Energy Department, will focus on reducing the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle …

E-Waste Stacking Up As Demand Grows, Product Lifecycles Shorten

While Asia led e-waste generation in 2014 with an estimated 16 million tonnes, the report also showed the rest of the world wasn’t far behind, with …

Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says

Amount of electronic waste up 63% in five years, with China’s more than doubling, United Nations University report finds<p>Levels of electronic waste are rising sharply across Asia, as higher incomes mean hundreds of millions of people can afford smartphones and other gadgets, according to a UN …

Connected Devices: Designed for Circularity & Growing Acceptance of Refurbished Devices

While having optimal recycling schemes for unwanted devices is one solution to this increasing waste mountain, prolonging the life cycle of these …

Here's where your electronic waste is landing. It's not pretty

Stay Informed<p>The news on your schedule from MPR News Update<p>See our Privacy Policy. Must be age 13.<p>The Center for Investigative Reporting followed the …

Electronic Waste

Out of the Scrapyard: How Foreign Involvement Can Help Solve China’s e-Waste Crisis

This summer, the US Congress introduced a bill aimed at stemming the country’s regular flow of discarded electronics to China. The United States …

Governor signs Eggman recycling bill

Instead of ending up in landfills or gathering dust in warehouses, old TVs and monitors can be more easily recycled, thanks to a bill by …

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure

A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia’s electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities<p>“We are all micro mine owners.”<p>This is the mantra preached by Veena Sahajwalla, a materials scientist at the University of New South Wales who …

What’s the real story with Africa’s e-waste?

Beginning in 2009, Ghana’s computer import industry went almost instantly from totally invisible, to worldwide infamy. The work of two …

The Precious Gold Trapped in E-Waste Can Be Filtered by Fungi

Finnish researchers find that nature's recyclers make for capable gold diggers.<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>In 100,000 cell phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4 kilograms of gold, more than 900 kilograms of copper, 25 kilograms of silver, and more. Depending on the market prices, that's about $250,000 …

Consumers want e-waste recycling, not new phones: Study

A new wave of computers, smartphones and accessories enter the market with smaller components made from increasingly complex materials.

Resold hard drives on eBay, Craigslist are still ripe with leftover data

Before you throw away that old hard drive, make sure you purge the memory clean. A new study has found that most users are accidentally giving up …

IBM found a way to turn toxic old phones into medical-grade plastic

The technology industry's e-waste problem isn't expected to go away anytime soon, but IBM just made a discovery that could help. Researchers there …