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E-Waste by the Numbers: Infographic

E-Waste by the Numbers: Infographic | WEBOLUTION! | Scoop.it

Tech enthusiasts like ourselves tend to spend more on electronics and upgrade more often than the average consumer, but as tech has grown more mainstream than ever, and with product cycles accelerated on the mobile market, electronic waste is becoming an equally expanding issue.


There is a lack of consensus as to whether the term (e-waste) should apply to resale, reuse, and refurbishing industries, or only to product that cannot be used for its intended purpose. Informal processing of electronic waste in developing countries may cause serious health and pollution problems, though these countries are also most likely to reuse and repair electronics.

All electronic scrap components may contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants. Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste may involve significant risk to workers and communities and great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of material such as heavy metals from landfills and incinerator ashes.

This infographic puts e-waste figures in perspective...

Olive Ventures's curator insight, February 21, 2013 11:29 AM

If you're from Singapore and need to recycle your e-waste: http://oliveventures.com.sg/act/2012/08/29/e-waste-recycling-in-singapore/

Eduardo Pinilla Gil's curator insight, May 31, 2014 12:04 PM

Una infografía sobre la basura electrónica, una fuente de contaminación creciente

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How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC] | WEBOLUTION! | Scoop.it
The data centers that keep the Internet running require an incredible amount of electricity every year ... and they waste most of it.


While surfing the web, you’re probably more concerned with the charge left on your laptop’s battery. But how much power does it require to keep the Internet itself running?

Powering worldwide data centers for major web companies like Google and Amazon is a huge undertaking. Between the servers and their cooling systems, 'data barns' consume 30 billion watts annually, about 1.5% of global electricity. And at the rate the Internet is growing and adding users, expect that to rise significantly in the next several years.


Are these centers being run efficiently? What toll does it take on the environment just to make sure your Facebook status (and a billion other Facebook users’) reaches the masses?

Learn more in this infographic via Mashable...

Via Lauren Moss
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