GEOG 203 week 10

GEOG 203 week 10 - to developing countries, they label...

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GEOG 203 – Week 10 Response Iouri Basmanov – UWID# 20340417 July 5 th , 2011 (Tutorial 102) The mismanagement of toxic/hazardous materials is a mounting environmental concern. It is far too easy for a shipment of electronic waste to a country in East Asia to spoil the local environmental conditions. Electronic waste has been steadily increasing since technologies have been progressing and ever-more quickly becoming obsolete. Domestically, once an electronic product has little to no use, or may impede on the speed of communication, it is deemed obsolete and usually thrown out. The problem is that the product has not reached the end-cycle of its life. With the ever-mounting pile of electronic waste, e-waste brokers and collectors have emerged to try to manage such a huge amount of “waste”. Since international regulation states that rich countries are unable to sell or transport their waste
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Unformatted text preview: to developing countries, they label their waste recyclable and trade to lessen the impact of that electronic waste domestically, as well as turn a quick buck at the disadvantage of that developing nation. As brokers in developing nations are eagerly seeking a good deal that will result in a return on investment, they often do not have the capacity to deal with incoming shipments of toxic waste or electronic waste in an environmentally sound manner. From the patterns that have emerged in the global toxic waste trade, it is apparent that developed nations either do not have the capacity to deal with this waste, or find it too expensive to do so and resort to the exploitation of developing nations....
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