Rapid computer obsolescence has resulted in thousands of computers--which contain toxic components--being disposed of each year. Authors debate whether America's consumerist lifestyle is creating serious garbage problems in the following chapters: Is Garbage a Serious Problem? Is Recycling Effective? Is Toxic Waste Disposal a Serious Problem? What Innovations Will Help Reduce Waste?
In our globally conscious world today, we need to take stock in how the human species impacts its environment, the whole environment of Earth. This collection of essays helps readers understand this often over-looked issue. Essays debate whether biosolids are safe, what health risks are imposed by human sewage, what diapers are doing as just one example, and how human waste still divides castes in India.
This edition explores the health and environmental problems posed by hazardous waste contamination and disposal. Readers are presented with a variety of viewpoints on questions pertaining to nuclear and toxic waste such as, what hazardous materials are, what the current public policy regarding hazardous waste is, and what sectors should bear responsibility for hazardous waste disposal. Includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives; eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials, and many others.
E-waste defines a whole group of electronics that make our lives easier, but that we are tossing out or replacing at the largest rates in history. New phones, computers, microwaves, speakers, all kinds of new gadgets have us standing in line to buy, and figuring out how to dispose of the old. Electronic waste is dangerous, but also invisible to many Americans. This anthology looks at the issue from conflicting points of view. With our future increasingly electronic, a critical grasp of problems and solutions regarding e-waste is necessary for all young people. Topics of discussion include: the disposing of cell phones; prison recycling programs; and loopholes in recycling laws.