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Should we care about pollution in other parts of the world? If yes, what can we do to limit it?

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Do you care? If yes, what do you do about it?


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  • Jun 26 2013: Greg,

    In the Chicago area we see the effects of pollution all the time. A suburb called Crestwood allowed carcinogenic material into their water supply for decades and did not tell the residents. Their cancer rate increased dramatically. Frequently Chicago beaches have to be closed when storm sewage has to be dumped into Lake Michigan.

    As a teacher I will tell you the cases of asthma in my students is increasing more than any other health issue. The oceans have more 6-pack pop and beer plastic in them than ever before. Garbage dumps are filling up and the methane is burned off, you can see it at night.

    As I tell my students, fine me a map with the town or city called Away. There is no Away. When we throw our garbage away it has to go somewhere, and it goes to municipal dumps. Here is an interesting short video that outlines the issue. Yes, it is from Britain, but remember, we all live on the same planet and breathe the same air.


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