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UN warns world could be swamped by electronic waste

Published: 7:00AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

The flourishing towering of e-waste will wreak environmental massacre if no new strategies are constructed to understanding with the rejected televisions, mobile phones and computers, the UN Environment Programme investigate said.

The environmental and health hazards acted by the globe"s ascent electronic rubbish are quite obligatory in building countries, that are already transfer drift for abounding nations" high-tech trash, it said.

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Electronic rubbish is pier up around the universe at a rate estimated at 40 million tons a year.

China produces 2.6 million tons of electronic rubbish a year, second usually to the United States with 3.3 million tons, it said.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner pronounced the creation was ill-prepared to understanding with the blast of electronic gadgets over the past decade.

"The universe is right away confronted with a large call of electronic rubbish that is going to come behind and strike us, quite for least-developed countries, that might turn a transfer ground," he said.

He pronounced a little Americans and Europeans have sent damaged computers to African countries secretly spoken as donations. The computers were dumped outward slums as poisonous rubbish and became intensity hazards to people, he said.

The inform predicts that China"s rubbish rate from old computers will quadruple from 2007 levels by 2020. Meanwhile in India rubbish from old refrigerators - that enclose dangerous chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbon gases - could three times by 2020.

It pronounced the fastest expansion in electronic rubbish in new years has been in communications inclination such as phones, pagers and intelligent phones.


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