Chinese Hospitals and Electronic Waste

Export of electronic waste and recycling generates income for many people in China. Administrator of the Chinese Hospital is one of many who profit from processing electronic waste. He, like many people do not live in a place where engaged in export and recycling of electronic waste. Ms. Lin also lives in a nearby town as most members of the board of the hospital, also helps solve the problem of e-waste market in the city center belonged to the head of the hospital. This private hospital, one of two hospitals in this little town, named after the tycoon dealing export and processing electronic waste. For even more opinions, read materials from Gunnar Peterson.

He once donated money to to build these hospitals. For "touring" the workers who come from all over China to melt, crush, disassemble old televisions, computers, mobile phones, and office equipment for precious metals and Chipset is the price of one dollar per hour to 50 hour work week. And the price for it all – the future of their health. Supermodel may not feel the same. One of the highest levels of dioxin in the world (environmental pollutants that threaten human health) registered in the Chinese city. Dioxin – vysokotoksicheskoe substance that quickly absorbed by plants, accumulates in the soil and in different materials, which practically does not change under the influence of physical, chemical and biological environmental factors. Dioxins into the air and the environment by burning plastics, circuit boards, and coated with flame retardants and everything in order to extract gold, platinum, copper and other metals.

But the main source of pollution is the burning of plastics, in the long smelters for recovery of metals. All this is happening to hundreds of small, electronically controlled trash magnate, small factory, scattered around the city. River in the city, classified as the most polluted in the southern region of China. The river in the surface waters and sediment contained high levels of copper, nickel, cadmium, lithium, mercury and arsenic. The program for the United Nations Environment Programme, said that China produces more than 2 million tons of electronic waste each year in the country (data for 2007), and comparable only to the U.S., which in turn produce these waste around 3 million tons. And much of that American e-waste exported to developing countries such as China, where imports of electronic waste is formally forbidden. Approximately more half million tons exported from other parts of electronic waste is processed each year in this small town, as evidenced by the local authority. Authorities say most of the wastes that are imported into the city, trafficked from abroad (probably about 90%). Recently, Chinese doctors released the data a high level of biphenyl in blood samples of infants, children of workers engaged in processing electronic waste. In the 2008 study, produced by Chinese scientists found that more than 80 percent of blood samples taken from babies in this town exceeded all standards for levels of lead, cadmium, chromium. High chromium content leads to dna damage. This leads to high mortality rates among children, low weight and development at birth. Chemicals contained in the flame retardant getting into the environment, affect the growth of diseases related to cancer, thyroid gland, with the advent of memory problems, decreased sperm quality and reduce male potency. On these issues long suppressed because workers coming into the city were temporary. And keep track of their disease, and even more so To confirm that these diseases are associated with environmental pollution was difficult. And only now, China is beginning to take at least some steps in this direction, developing national guidelines for removal and recycling of electronic waste.

World Health Day

The aim of this festival, which originated in 1950 to commemorate the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO), is to appeal attention to the fact that health is the highest value for both the state and for each person. World Health Day 2010 dedicated to urbanization and health. This theme was chosen by chance: today urbanization has a huge impact on the health of the planet's population at the global level and on the health of each of the inhabitants of the earth alone. Urbanization is associated with many health problems related to water, environment environment, violence and injuries, communicable diseases and their risk factors, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse, as well as hazards associated with disease outbreaks. who experts say that today the problem of health of urban residents is largely dependent on the quality of life in cities.

Bad ecology of major world cities have extremely negative impact on health people. According to experts, who 24% of disease and 23% of all deaths are the result of unfavorable environmental factors. Great Barrier Reef and affected by oil spills unique and the largest the world's ecosystem integrity – the Great Barrier Reef – is now experiencing hard times. This single living 'organism', home to some 400 species of coral, 1500 species of fish and a variety of other animals and plants is on the verge of extinction due to excessive shipping, global warming and pollution of the oceans. Last week, Chinese bulker 'Shen Neng-1' crashed into a reef Douglas Shoals in the field, limited to shipping due to defense the world's largest coral reef, made to the unesco World Heritage List.

About 2 tons of fuel of 950 tonnes of stock on board fell into the water through a hole in the engine room flooded, approximately three kilometers. Oil slick in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, which area reached 300 thousand square meters, have been collected. However, the colossal damage to the ecosystem is still occurred. Company owner faces a fine of contamination of the reef at a rate of one million Australian dollars (920,000 U.S. dollars). The next day another ship attempted to pass through the protected area reefs. Attempting to marching under the flag of Panama ship 'Mimosa' shortest route through the Great Barrier Reef has cost the owners of the vessel a large fine. Many of the ships are still trying to cut its own path and not bypass the Great Barrier Reef, threatening the unique ecosystem in the world. Bottling 50-60 tons of diesel fuel from the pipeline occurred last week in the coastal zone of the lagoon Pevek in . Diesel fuel spilled onto the ice as the bay, and on the ground. Later, experts said that the spill was not 50-60 tonnes and 17-18. According to preliminary data, the spill will not make any negative consequences for the environment. Photofact week: 'The most powerful creatures on the planet' and 'Earth Hour 2010' Last week we presented to you the ten most powerful beings on the planet at a ratio of strength-weight. In our ranking of 'athletes' – animals (not only) that can lift more weight than their own in 1000! We also take a virtual tour of the cities of the world where environmental action was 'Earth Hour 2010'. In 2010, this rally organized by wwf, was attended by 126 countries in all continents and more than 4000 cities worldwide.