A young man in Goettingen, Germany, Friday, looked at a stream colored  green by chemicals released during a fire at a storage facility nearby  and flushed into the stream by water used to extinguish the fire. Police  said the chemicals were harmless.

A young man in Goettingen, Germany, Friday, looked at a stream colored green by chemicals released during a fire at a storage facility nearby and flushed into the stream by water used to extinguish the fire. Police said the chemicals were harmless.

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A child covered his eyes as he walked past burning trash in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday. According to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, Bangladesh is the country with the second-worst air pollution in the world.

A child covered his eyes as he walked past burning trash in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday. According to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, Bangladesh is the country with the second-worst air pollution in the world.

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Villagers received bottled water in Desheng Town, Yizhou City, in south  China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday. Cadmium pollutants  were detected in the Liujiang River on Thursday afternoon, more than 10  days after industrial waste from a local mining company polluted a  tributary upstream.

Villagers received bottled water in Desheng Town, Yizhou City, in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday. Cadmium pollutants were detected in the Liujiang River on Thursday afternoon, more than 10 days after industrial waste from a local mining company polluted a tributary upstream.

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A Pakistani boy waded through a dirty water channel on the outskirts of  Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. An estimated 250,000 children die  annually in Pakistan from water-borne diseases, local media APP reported  on Wednesday.

A Pakistani boy waded through a dirty water channel on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. An estimated 250,000 children die annually in Pakistan from water-borne diseases, local media APP reported on Wednesday.

Steam billows from the cooling towers of  Vattenfall’s Jaenschwalde brown coal power station on a lake near  Cottbus, eastern Germany in 2009.

Steam billows from the cooling towers of Vattenfall’s Jaenschwalde brown coal power station on a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany in 2009.

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A worker removes dead fish from a lake in Wuhan,  central China’s Hubei province, in 2007. Mankind’s immense pressure on  the planet is causing the fastest extinction of species in millions of  years and is rapidly heating up the planet, threatening more extreme  weather, according to scientists.

A worker removes dead fish from a lake in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province, in 2007. Mankind’s immense pressure on the planet is causing the fastest extinction of species in millions of years and is rapidly heating up the planet, threatening more extreme weather, according to scientists.

Categories: china, waters, animals, pollution,
A woman prayed as a child looked for coins that were thrown into a body  of water outside the Lingaraj Temple during Karthik Purnima Festival in  Bhubaneswar, India.

A woman prayed as a child looked for coins that were thrown into a body of water outside the Lingaraj Temple during Karthik Purnima Festival in Bhubaneswar, India.

Categories: india, waters, pollution,
A child ran on oil-slicked Juhu Beach in Mumbai Sunday. The Indian coast  guard was working to clean up oil that spilled from the MV RAK merchant  ship, which sank last week.The vessel was estimated to have been  carrying more than 325 tons of fuel.

A child ran on oil-slicked Juhu Beach in Mumbai Sunday. The Indian coast guard was working to clean up oil that spilled from the MV RAK merchant ship, which sank last week.The vessel was estimated to have been carrying more than 325 tons of fuel.

Categories: india, oil spill, pollution, waters, beach,
fyeahafrica:

 
Digital Dump: Ghana’s E-waste Dump Seeps Poison
On the outskirts of Accra lies the Agbogbloshie slum—one of Ghana’s largest electronics-waste dumps. Amid black smoke and the stench of burning plastic, a mountain of abandoned motherboards, computer monitors, and hard drives litters the landscape. It is no wonder the locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Behind this apocalytic scene is the best of intentions gone awry. For decades, Western countries have been donating computers to West Africa with the hope of pushing the developing world into the digital age. Instead, the efforts have backfired, reducing many communities to massive piles of smoldering e-waste. Photographer Pieter Hugo spent a year documenting the digital disaster.
The problem really began with the computers themselves: many were outdated, broken, and unusable. And they arrived in far greater numbers than anyone had originally expected. More than 50 million tons of discarded electronics are produced each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And in Europe, only 25 percent of e-waste gets recycled. So in recent years the need for disposal alternatives has skyrocketed. The result has been unregulated shipping containers, marked “donations,” that land in developing countries, packed with e-waste. What had been an ad hoc development project quickly devolved into a scheme for companies to get around national regulations and cheaply dump dangerous garbage into ill-equipped and extraordinarily poor rural villages.
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fyeahafrica:

Digital Dump: Ghana’s E-waste Dump Seeps Poison

On the outskirts of Accra lies the Agbogbloshie slum—one of Ghana’s largest electronics-waste dumps. Amid black smoke and the stench of burning plastic, a mountain of abandoned motherboards, computer monitors, and hard drives litters the landscape. It is no wonder the locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Behind this apocalytic scene is the best of intentions gone awry. For decades, Western countries have been donating computers to West Africa with the hope of pushing the developing world into the digital age. Instead, the efforts have backfired, reducing many communities to massive piles of smoldering e-waste. Photographer Pieter Hugo spent a year documenting the digital disaster.

The problem really began with the computers themselves: many were outdated, broken, and unusable. And they arrived in far greater numbers than anyone had originally expected. More than 50 million tons of discarded electronics are produced each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And in Europe, only 25 percent of e-waste gets recycled. So in recent years the need for disposal alternatives has skyrocketed. The result has been unregulated shipping containers, marked “donations,” that land in developing countries, packed with e-waste. What had been an ad hoc development project quickly devolved into a scheme for companies to get around national regulations and cheaply dump dangerous garbage into ill-equipped and extraordinarily poor rural villages.

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Categories: ghana, pollution, poverty,
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People swam in seawater covered by a thick layer of green algae at  Zhanqiao Pier Thursday in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The algae  forced the beach to close at 3 pm.

People swam in seawater covered by a thick layer of green algae at Zhanqiao Pier Thursday in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The algae forced the beach to close at 3 pm.

Categories: china, waters, pollution,
An Indian man on a makeshift raft looked for for reusable items Friday among debris in the Sabarmati River, in Ahmadabad, India.

An Indian man on a makeshift raft looked for for reusable items Friday among debris in the Sabarmati River, in Ahmadabad, India.

Categories: india, garbage, pollution, waters,
Women collected recyclables from the Nairobi River near the Dandora  Municipal Dumping Site in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday. The site was declared  full and a health hazard in 2001 but chemical, hospital, industrial,  agricultural and domestic waste are still dumped there and left  unprocessed.

Women collected recyclables from the Nairobi River near the Dandora Municipal Dumping Site in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday. The site was declared full and a health hazard in 2001 but chemical, hospital, industrial, agricultural and domestic waste are still dumped there and left unprocessed.

Categories: kenya, pollution, garbage,
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