Archive for July 2014

Control-Act-Delete14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

eSlums

Our electronics don’t have to land in an African slum.

The world is awash in electronic waste. With an ever-expanding market for electronic goods and continually shrinking product lifecycles, managing e-waste has become a global problem. In addition to the growing volumes of discarded computers, monitors, laptops, cellphones and other electronics in our landfills, e-waste often finds its way (by container ships) from places like Canada to places like Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

In Agbogbloshie, e-waste is gold. Literally. Precious metals removed from circuit boards become a source of income for many in the informal recycling trade. But the methods used to extract these valuable materials – including open-pit burning and acid baths – are crude. Workers are exposed to a toxic mix of heavy metals, brominated flameretardants and a particularly carcinogenic class of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Many e-waste collectors suffer a range of health effects from injuries to premature death, while nearby communities face serious chronic disease and longterm environmental degradation.

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Oil and Water Don't Mix14 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: cnhe

BC Coast

BC-based filmmaker Richard Boyce’s Coastal Tar Sands explores the areas Enbridge's supertankers will navigate, loaded with oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Filmmaker, activist and coastal BC native Richard Boyce has spent the past year looking at Canada’s West Coast through the lens of Enbridge’s highly controversial Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. He takes viewers on a journey along the Inner Passage, a shipping route for oceangoing vessels where a landmark proposal could see oil tankers move highly toxic diluted bitumen from Kitimat, BC – the pipeline’s terminus – to foreign markets overseas.

Boyce’s six-part video series, Coastal Tar Sands, is as scenic as it is informative. His plan is to release a feature-length documentary that will act as a retort to the proposal’s approval earlier this week.

Boyce’s knowledge of and passion for the wellbeing of BC’s environmentally sensitive central coast is obvious, and Coastal Tar Sands offers some of the most comprehensive first-hand reporting available on the subject of Northern Gateway.


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COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 1



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 2



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 3



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 4



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 5



COASTAL TAR SANDS VIDEO PART 6