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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 28 2013: Jeffrey is right. The pollution in water and air is everywhere whether or not you see it or not.
    Let's just look at the problems in the U. S. We produced tremendous amount of garbage and dump them in the dumps on land. For large cities like New York, the municipal waste dept has to transport them to other places sometimes as far as Texas. Whether the garbage, in plastic bags or without bags, are stored above or under ground, the toxic substance in them will eventually leak out into the ground and slowly seeping into the ground water. So the problem is not very far from us but will be delayed because of the time needed for the decay toxins to leach to the ground water. Same situation might happen in the North East region by Hurricane Sandy which destroyed homes and other buildings into pieces and dump them into the ground or rivers or the sea. When the wind takes the electronic parts into the ground or water, you are not given the time to recycle them anyway. Furthermore when we discharge much organics into a lake, sometimes the water and the beach stink. The decay of the organic stuff releases CO or other air pollutants into the air that usually produces CO2 or other greenhouse gasses. The process is normally slow, but the current trend is certainly going to accelerate and "bite us" SOONER OR LATER. The lead and mercury, etc., even though in very low level, will also get into the fish and eaten by us. Prolonged intake of small amounts of lead or mercury is still unhealthy. Also, if the toxic pollutants get in the air, then it is definitely very dangerous for our health.
    We must stop this process by encouraging RECYCLE AND CONSERVATION. This process has to be done by everybody, not just by a few localities, because the harm of it will eventually hit all of us due to the slow but persistent increase of the severity of the situation. Global effort is preferable. But we could at least set a model, as soon as possible, for others to follow.

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