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Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims - BBC News
Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. [...] "It is a major paradox of the digital era that some of the world's richest, most innovative companies are able to market incredibly sophisticated devices without being required to show where they source raw materials for their components," said executive director of Afrewatch (Africa Resources Watch) Emmanuel Umpula. "The abuses in mines remain out of sight and out of mind because in today's global marketplace, consumers have no idea about the conditions at the mine, factory and assembly line. We found that traders are buying cobalt without asking questions about how and where it was mined."
child  labour  slavery  slave  labour  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  corporate  governance  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  CSR  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  status  anxiety  status  symbol  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  materialism  Apple  rare  earths  rare-earths  transparency  accountability  governance 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Humans Threw Out 92 Billion Pounds of Electronics Last Year
92B pounds of electronic waste thrown out last year Researchers claim some 92 billion pounds of electronic waste were thrown away last year. As the folks at Gizmodo put it: “That’s more than seven Great Pyramids’ worth of crapped-out Blackberry phones, forsaken Toshiba TVs, and human misery.” Consumers in the US were responsible for about 16 billion pounds — roughly 17 percent — of that waste.
recycling  rare  earths  electronics  plastic  nation  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Living Planet Report des WWF: Menschheit verbraucht eineinhalb Erden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Strapazierte Äcker, abgeholzte Wälder, überfischte Meere: Die Menschheit verbraucht laut einer WWF-Studie 50 Prozent mehr Ressourcen, als die Erde langfristig bieten kann. Auch Deutschland bekommt die Verschwendung nicht in den Griff. // ala was man nicht sieht kuemmert einem nicht. was mich gerade jetzt nicht betrifft, bauch ich mich nicht drum zu kuemmern.
finite  resources  natural  resources  resource  depletion  unintended  consequences  humanitarian  crisis  humanity  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  materialism  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  activism  sustainability  sustainable  WWF  Anthropozän  anthropology  Anthropocene  Environmental  Movement  disaster  living  environment  environment  ecological  disaster  ecology  ecological  Career  Politicians  Public  Policy  Policy  Makers  error  folly  nanny  state  recycling  rare  earths  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation 
september 2014 by asterisk2a

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