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A smart city is usually one connected and managed through computing — sensors, data analytics and other information and communications technology. from shutterstock.com

Technology is making cities ‘smart’, but it’s also costing the environment

As cities become 'smarter', they need more and more objects fitted with technology. We need to think about designing these objects to accommodate computers, which often break down and create e-waste.
There’s more to e-waste than the discarded monitors, cell phones and other electronics. (Shutterstock)

Almost everything you know about e-waste is wrong

No amount of post-consumer recycling can recoup the waste generated before consumers purchase their devices.
Agbogbloshie, an area in the city of Accra Ghana, is usually portrayed as an e-waste dump. A more accurate picture would include the repair and refurbishment economy. Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform

Beyond recycling: solving e-waste problems must include designers and consumers

Design-for-recycling and take-back laws – not just more recycling – are needed to address the sprawling e-waste problem.
After a software upgrade your “smart mug” will be as pointless as these floppy disc drives. EPA

The internet of things will be an internet of obsolete junk

The US Federal Trade Commission issued a report on the “internet of things” this week. It announced: Six years ago, for the first time, the number of “things” connected to the internet surpassed the number…
An expanding sea of junk in Lagos. Margaret Bates

Europe’s electronic waste has become Africa’s burden

The disposal of computers and other electronic and electrical goods, e-waste, is a growing global problem. In 2011, the world threw away 41.5m tonnes of electrical equipment, and this is expected to rise…

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