Reassembling Rubbish

By jlepawsky | A magazine that inquires into what centres of modernism are discarding and reassembling ... or will be.

Landmark study reveals ‘clear evidence’ of mercury’s toll on health in Grassy Narrows | The Star

More than four decades after mercury was dumped upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, the physical and mental health of the people there is by …

Mental Health

Study on health impact of mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows to be released

Grassy Narrows First Nation is to release a study today on health impacts in the northern Ontario community linked to eating mercury-contaminated …

Canada

There are more Agent Orange barrels out there, says former DND employee

The Department of National Defence may have dug up and disposed of barrels containing chemicals at a New Brunswick military base decades ago — but …

Canada

Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself

Aida Batlle grows coffee on her family’s farm in the hills surrounding El Salvador’s Santa Ana Volcano. Like generations before her, she had little …

Coffee

Ex-soldier says he watched barrels of Agent Orange being buried at Gagetown base

It is a 33-year-old mystery that has gnawed at retired sergeant Al White's conscience.<p>The now-former military police officer told CBC News that, …

Canada

Plastics mines? Europe struggles as pollution piles up

OSLO (Reuters) - Europe has sent just over half the plastic waste it used to ship to China to other parts of Asia since Beijing's environmental crackdown closed the world's biggest recycling market in January. The knotty problem is what to do with the rest.<p>Some of the surplus is piled up in places …

Pollution

Born in a dishwasher drawer, an Italian spin on currency mining

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Two Italian entrepreneurs are raising up to 20 million euros ($25 million) as they try to carve out a new niche in crypto-currency mining - a dream that began in a dishwasher drawer.<p>Gabriele Angeli, 34, and Gabriele Stampa, 43, are founders of Florence-based Bitminer …

Cryptocurrency

Inside the factory that produces LG's latest smartphones

When we think about where our smartphones are made, the majority of us think of China and companies like Foxconn.<p>While the world’s second largest …

South Korea

Better Solution to Eric Lundgren's Microsoft Operating System Reload: Spare Tire Licenses

Multiple pals on Facebook and Email sent me<b> last weekend's article about Eric Lundgren</b>, spectacled and lightly bearded electronics reuse guru. Friend …

Biodegradable Semiconductors Could Help Our E-Waste Problem

A study from the UN recently found that 50 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, were thrown out in 2017, which is more than 20 percent …

E-waste

Right to Repair lobby in New York

.@<b>ecfs1878</b> ECFS #<b>RestartCenter</b> representing at a press conference for the #<b>righttorepair</b> w/ @<b>RepairCoalition</b>pic.twitter.com/gIw9oOJEzb<p>0 replies 1 …

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers' lives

A Southern California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the "restore discs" he made to extend computers' lives had no financial value, instead ruling that he had …

E-waste

Let's tell Europe we want repairable appliances, screens and computers

If there is one thing we’ve learned attempting over 8,000 fixes together – it is that products are only getting less repairable. Problems with the …

Home Appliances

Where to store nuclear waste for good?

In 2016, 10 new nuclear reactors went online - and two more in the first half of 2017, according to the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report …

Nuclear Energy

E-waste guru going to prison over restore CDs: ‘I got in the way of Microsoft’s multi- multi- multi-million dollar business model’

‘Hell yeah, I’m willing to go to prison for that’<p>Eric Lundgren is resigned to doing prison time. After spending his life working on e-waste recycling programs, Lundgren was arrested and charged with “counterfeiting” Microsoft restore discs, part of a controversial, years-long legal fight that ended …

E-waste

Study points to the benefits of e-scrap economics - E

Researchers have looked at how the costs of e-scrap processing stack up against virgin mining, and their findings indicate recycling is more …

E-waste

E-waste recycler Eric Lundgren loses appeal on computer restore disks, must serve 15-month prison term

<i>This story has been updated with statements from Microsoft and additional information about how refurbishers obtain restore disks.</i><p>A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected …

E-waste

Batteries have a dirty secret

Energy storage is considered a green technology. But it actually increases carbon emissions.<p>Energy storage (batteries and other ways of storing electricity, like pumped water, compressed air, or molten salt) has generally been hailed as a “green” technology, key to enabling more renewable energy …

Fossil Fuels

UNU Gets Closer To Ewaste Truth (B-): But it is LEGAL not ILLEGAL

<b>I T I S L E G A L</b><br>See video of African Reuse<br>The "fine print" behind in the UNEP / UNU headline. 75% of the imported used electronics work, and are …

Compulsory e-waste management system to be enforced by 2021

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) will implement a mandatory electrical and electronic waste management system by …

An end to electronic waste: United Nations organisations highlight their commitment

On Wednesday 21st March, 2018, organisations from the United Nations system, most active in addressing the global e-waste challenge, signed a Letter …

E-waste

Dressed in excess: people put on all their clothes – in pictures

Canadian photographer Libby Oliver’s striking portrait series, <i>Soft Shells</i>, is a playful exploration of how people express themselves through clothes. It features individuals swathed in every item from their wardrobe, flashes of body parts only just visible. “Clothing is an immediate social cue,” …

Photography

University of California professor develops lithium-ion battery recycling method

Dive Brief:<p>Zheng Chen, a 31-year-old assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a way to recycle lithium-ion …

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.<p>Before you upgrade your next iPhone, you may want to consider a $29 battery instead. Not only will the choice save you money, it could …

Canadian municipalities struggling to find place for recyclables after China restricts foreign waste

Reduce, Reuse and Rethink <i>is a CBC News series about recycling. We're exploring why our communities are at a turning point and how we can recycle</i> …

The US wants China to reverse its decision to bar foreign garbage

The United States asked China on Friday not to implement a ban on imports of scrap materials, after the world's top scrap buyer abruptly shut the door to many types of waste, throwing the global recycling industry into turmoil.<p>Reuters broke the news last July that China had told the World Trade …

Check Out These Amazing Sculptures Made From 4,000 Pounds of Old Electronics

Benjamin Von Wong wants to raise awareness about e-waste with his hyperreal sculptures.<p>Every day, over 100,000 computers are trashed in the United States. It’s an astounding number, and will likely keep growing. According to a report released last December by the United Nations University and the …

Fixfest 2017

For the first time<p>Fixfest brought together over 200 volunteer repairers and tinkerers, activists, policy-makers, thinkers, and companies from all …

Microplastics found in 93% of bottled water tested in global study

The bottled water industry is estimated to be worth nearly $200 billion a year, surpassing sugary sodas as the most popular beverage in many …