Since 2007, more than 7 billion smartphones have been produced. And while smartphones have changed the world in many positive ways, the manufacturing of these gadgets is having devastating impacts on our planet.
According to experts, more than half of the world’s supply of Cobalt comes from the DRC, with 20 percent of it from what are called “artisanal mines.” For many Congolese people, mining cobalt is the only way to feed their families unfortunately, artisanal mine
Almost 20 have committed to running their data centers and other facilities on 100 percent renewable energy as a way to fight global warming, although they differ on timetables and details. Yet other companies are opening energy-hungry data centers in states and countries that still derive most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants, which release more greenhouse gases than plants burning natural gas. [...] in 2017, Google plans to buy as much renewable power as the company uses worldwide. Since Google operates in some countries where renewable power remains scarce, the company will buy more than it needs in places where it is plentiful and sell any excess electricity on the open market. The report gives high marks to Facebook, Apple and Google, who have used their purchasing power to help create a renewable energy market that other Internet companies can tap. [...] it doesn’t release enough information about its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for outsiders to gauge the effectiveness of the steps it has taken to combat climate change, according to Greenpeace. While Greenpeace hopes to prod more Internet companies into action, it also wants such leaders as Google, Apple and Facebook to advocate in public for renewable power policies once Trump takes office. Trump has pledged to revive the American coal industry and has stocked both his transition team and his cabinet picks with people who have questioned climate science or tried to block efforts to rein in greenhouse gases.
Read more about Govt mandates Indian language support in phones from Jul'17 on Business Standard. Government has mandated support for Indian languages in all mobile phones to be sold in the country from July 1, 2017 onward. "In exercise of the power conferred by clause 10(1) of Bureau of Indian Standard Act... The central government, hereby
The article 'Intern Labor in China', authored by Dr. Jenny Chan, describes the increasing importance of student interns as a source of labor in the Chinese labor market. The hopes that internships will lead to careers are being systematically undermined. Read the full article here.
This week GoodElectronics and the IRCT launched the online Chemical Challenge Gap Analysis, showing just how far the manufacturing standards developed by the electronics industry fall short of expectations set by experts in occupational health and safety as well as civil society organizations.
The founder of Samsung once reportedly declared the company would "recognise trade unions over my dead body!" Now, leaked internal documents at Samsung reveal the extreme lengths the company will go to exert total control over workers’ lives
Hong Kong’s environmental protection department under fire for failing to prevent the import of electronic waste, with activists claiming they have been providing information on illegal dump sites since 2007.
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