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Photo essay: China's hi-tech toxics
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Techno toxics

A young girl covers her mouth against the stench as she runs past a pile of recently processed circuit boards. The mountains of e-waste are laced with a cocktail of toxic chemicals. According to the Basel Action Network, a pile of 500 computers contains 717kg of lead, 1.36kg of cadmium, 863 grams of chromium and 287 grams of mercury all poisonous metals. I saw computers with American and European labels in the workshops I visited.
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