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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

From where I’m standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.

Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a torrent of thick, black, chemical waste from the refineries that surround the lake. The smell of sulphur and the roar of the pipes invades my senses. It feels like hell on Earth.

Welcome to Baotou, the largest industrial city in Inner Mongolia. I’m here with a group of architects and designers called the Unknown Fields Division, and this is the final stop on a three-week-long journey up the global supply chain, tracing back the route consumer goods take from China to our shops and homes, via container ships and factories.

You may not have heard of Baotou, but the mines and factories here help to keep our modern lives ticking. It is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of “rare earth” minerals. These elements can be found in everything from magnets in wind turbines and electric car motors, to the electronic guts of smartphones and flatscreen TVs. In 2009 China produced 95% of the world’s supply of these elements, and it’s estimated that the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou contain 70% of the world’s reserves. But, as we would discover, at what cost?

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Tecnología libre de sangre

Es probable que la placa de circuito impreso de tu móvil, ordenador o tablet contenga columbita-tantalita. Tal vez ignores que a este mineral se le conoce comúnmente como coltán y que el 80% de las reservas mundiales se encuentran en la República Democrática del Congo. Y probablemente también desconozcas que su explotación está directamente relacionada con los más de 5,4 millones de personas que se calculan han muerto desde que en 1996 estalló la guerra civil en aquel país. O de los más de dos millones de desplazados. O de las 106 mujeres que, según la ONU, son violadas a la semana allí…

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If We Don’t Rein In E-Waste, Our Kids Won’t Be Able to Afford Smartphones

December 16, 2013 // 04:40 PM EST

Image: Flickr, CC

Glaciers are melting fast but our mountains of electronic trash—old TVs, phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, small appliances—are expected to grow 33 percent in less than five years. By 2017, this e-waste will be equivalent to throwing 60 million cars on the trash heap each year. If e-recycling rates don’t improve accordingly, the bounty of materials lost to e-waste may make smartphones and gadgets much more expensive.

E-waste is already a big problem. According to a new report, in 2012, every man, woman, and child in the US hauled a 66 lbs. bag of e-waste to the curb. That’s six times more than someone in China, and ten times the average Indian’s haul.

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During the last month, there have appeared lots of news about the recently released project of ‘Phonebloks’ (a repairable, modular, designed to last mobile phone) and the ‘Fairphone’, (a fairtrade and ethical phone which every stage of its lifespan is assured to be developed under ethical and fair conditions).


Here it is the official website with the crowdfunding call:

Here you can find some news:


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Collateral effects of working with e-waste and “scrap”…receiving mailing offers from China


Copper Scrap Supplier from China

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re:export metal material

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