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Culture Collapse Disorder: The loss & destruction of home (places & planet) due to human impact and our modern consumer mindset
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World's E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017, Says Global Report

World's E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017, Says Global Report | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
By 2017, the global volume of discarded refrigerators, TVs, cellphones, computers, monitors and other electronic waste will weigh almost as much as 200 Empire State Buildings, a new report predicts.

 

The world produced nearly 54 million tons (49 million metric tons) of used electrical and electronic products last year. That's an average of about 43 lbs. (20 kg), or the weight of eight bricks, for each of the 7 billion people on Earth.

 

The U.S. generated the seventh highest amount of e-waste per person — about 66 lbs. (30 kg) per capita. (The country with the highest per capita e-waste was... (Click title for more)

 

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Organic Pollutants Now Accumulating in Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau: Scientific American

Organic Pollutants Now Accumulating in Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau: Scientific American | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
The accumulation of DDT in the Himalayas exceeds levels found in the Arctic

 

Toxic chemicals are accumulating in the ecosystems of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau, researchers warn in the first comprehensive study to assess levels of certain organic pollutants in that part of the world.

 

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are carbon-based compounds that are resistant to break-down. Some originate from the burning of fuel or the processing of electronic waste, and others are widely used as pesticides or herbicides or in the manufacture of solvents, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Some POPs, such as the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and the herbicide Agent Orange, can cause diseases such as cancers, neurological disorders, reproductive dysfunction and birth defects.

 

Many POPs are volatile and insoluble, and can travel a long distance. “They tend to evaporate in hot places, hitch a ride on winds, and then condense in cold regions,” says... (Click title for more)

 
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Jesús Zoco's curator insight, November 29, 2013 10:14 AM

Este artículo alarma a la sociedad sobre problemas que causan los compuests orgánicos como el DDT, que se están acumulando en el Himalaya y la meseta tibetana debido a su transporte por los vientos provenientes de Europa y África. 

Según el convenio de Estocolmo,hay COPs como el DDT que se pueden usar como excepción ya que en África ayuda para prevenir la malaria. Sin embargo, pienso que se debería tener en cuenta que se está perjudicando el medio ambiente, no solo del lugar donde se está aplicando sino también el de otros que no tienen la culpa.