Electronics recyclers provide comprehensive recycling operations. Some of the commodities that can be extracted from electronic equipment are used as valuable raw material in the manufacture of new products.
As developing countries from Peru to China become industrialized, millions of tons of toxic pollution are being spread around by batteries, factories and mines -- placing at least 125 million people at risk of death or disease.
What really worries the corporations and the global financial markets is the prospect of the growing militancy of South African miners not only spreading to other sectors of the economy but also spreading to other countries.
Pebble Mine is a risk that Anglo American can no longer afford to take. If Anglo American is looking to cut expenses, this is the perfect project to drop. Because local opposition -- and the risks associated with it -- are only increasing.
Ending the conflict minerals trade in eastern Congo and replacing it with a legitimate mining sector is an achievable goal. But it can't be accomplished by local communities, governments and advocacy groups alone.
Mr. and Mrs. Mkoko are one of four families in the film They Go to Die -- Mr. Mkoko, who was present at the screening, is the only one of four miners who has survived the hardships resulting from his time in the mines.
The coal industry essentially has its employees between a rock and a hard place. They say they are operating on behalf of the employees' interests, that they want to protect their jobs. In reality, they want to protect their bottom line.
At first glance, working conditions in Mexican factories, mining projects and even drought may seem like local issues. But not if we want a world based on justice, gender equality and a respect for human rights.
Half a century later, the "rape of the Appalachians" is in full force, carried out through an admittedly failed regulatory process that refuses to abolish one of the most egregious mining practices in U.S. history.
An essential mineral ingredient used in a variety of electronics could be a death knell for a pristine part of a wild New Mexico desert grassland coveted by environmentalists -- and considered sacred to Native Americans.
What surprised me in the symposium, however, is how much telerobotics and telepresence is being used today, right here on our own planet, enabling people to survey, explore, mine, and even kill from great distances.