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EXPORTING DECEPTION: THE DISTURBING TREND OF WASTE TRADE DENIAL

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The E waste debate Continues!

The executive director of the Basel Action Network says efforts to downplay global e-waste dumping issues are taken from the playbook used by climate change deniers and tobacco giants – and he’s calling foul. By JIM PUCKETT

The fate of the world does not likely hinge on whether or not the dumping of electronic waste, depicted over the years by the Basel Action Network (BAN) and the many journalists that followed, is a real problem or a hoax. Not as many lives are likely to be lost due to toxic e-waste dumping as were lost to the prolonged denial of harm from tobacco smoke, perpetuated by the tobacco industry over several decades. Our planet will likely survive the dumping of waste electronics in Asia and Africa, while many experts believe that the disinformation campaign waged on climate change may have indeed tipped the scale against our planetary survival.

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