ESEL Paper Review_20110403
By Hong Guo
1,Title and Author
Title: A review of the environmental fate and effects of hazardous substances released form electrical and electronic equipments during recycling: Examples from China and India/
Authors: Alejandra Sepulvedaa,b, Matias Schluedpc,* , Fabrice G. Renaud a, Martin Streicher c, Reudiger Kuehr d,Christian Hageluken e, Andreas C. Gerecke f
a United Nations University, Institute for environment and Human Security, Hermann-Ehlers-Strasse 10, Bonn53113, Germany
b El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Administracion de Correos 2, Apartado Postal 1042, 86100 Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
C Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and research, Technology and Society Laboratory, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, Ch-9014 St, Gallen, Switzerland
d United Nations University, Zero Emissions Forum, Hermann- Ehlers-Strasse 10, Bonn53113, Germany
e Umicore Precious Metals Refining, Rodenbacher Chaussee 4 , Hanau 63457, Germany
f Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and research, Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry, Uberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dubendorf, Switzerland.
2,Summary of Paper
Mainly, this paper talks about the how do the waste electrical and electronic equipment affect the typical developing country-China and India by presenting the datas which is founded from the scientific and grey literature about the concerntration of Lead (Pb), polybrominated diphenylethers(PBDEs), polychlorinated dioxins and furans.
The WEEE stream is hus important both of the quantity and toxicity. In this papar, the author compares the typical pollutants such as lead, dioxin and furans. When comparing those , they used the three ways-air,wate and sediment to tell how much of pollutants are detected in the developing city in China (Guiyu) and India(New Delhi). Comparing with the developed city, we can see that every toxical material, which is detected in the developing country, are much higher than the developed country. For example the lead in the Guiyu city’s air are more than Seoul
This review of data on the environmental fate and effects of hazardous substances released from WEEE during informal recycling operations in China and India suggests a causal relationship between the release of Pb, PBDEs and dioxins/furans and the determined concentration in environmental components, biota and humans.
And the finding from the paper clearly tell us that even we can not link the environmental pollutant to the WEEE, there are still many evidence tell us that how the WEEE affect the daily life.
And in my opinion, this paper tell me a new way to think about the relationship between policy, economic and environment