What About China?

Hi everybody, Thomas here.

Call it shameless cross promotional if you will, but I thought it would be a good way to start the week by introducing you all to the What About China? blog. The What About China? book was released in July this year and as we have done with this blog, we created the What About China? blog to provide further discussion and information online.

Your may be wondering what a title like What About China? is supposed to suggest. Well, the idea behind the book and the blog was that at the moment there are many awkward questions about climate change flying about and many people hide behind these questions to avoid taking responsibility by doing their bit. So we want to provide the answers to those questions in order to counter the excuses that people use to avoid reducing their carbon footprint.

One of the classic questions is “What is the point of doing anything about climate change, when China opens a new power station every week”. Hence, “What About China?” The answer to that question is actually quite simple and a little scary – Continue reading “What About China?”

Rubbish News – ‘Your Old Computers are Making Us Ill’

Recycling 'is' the key, but it sure needs some tweaking
Recycling 'is' the key, but it sure needs some tweaking

This comes from youngsters in Ghana’s capital, Accra, where thousands of tonnes of old computers and other assorted e-waste, is being dumped.

Many of the scrap parts from these old machines are saleable and metals like copper can fetch good prices, unfortunately the computer shells are commonly burned to extract them.

Burning exposes those trying to collect these precious commodities to toxic and chemical filled fumes and they are presenting serious health hazards to the local inhabitants.

E-waste is regularly exported from the UK and other countries to places like India and China and more recently, Ghana has joined them.

Watch BBC journalist Will Ross’s video report from Accra in Ghana here.

Find out how householders can responsibly dispose of old electrical equipment via the WEEE Directive here.