We track four people on their journey.
We speak to Israeli Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely
25 Jan 2011 15:01 GMT
Electronic waste, according to Green Peace, makes up "five per cent of all municipal solid waste worldwide". It is estimated that between 20 and 50 million tonnes of e-waste are generated yearly [CC - takomabibelot]
Chinese Greenpeace activists set up an e-waste sculpture at the China International High-tech exhibition in an effort to shame the companies attending the expo on May 23, 2005 in Beijing, China [Getty]
A Greenpeace activist is surrounded by security guards during a demonstration against e-waste outside the Hewlett Packard (HP) Beijing headquarters on December 7, 2005 in Beijing, China [Getty]
China is estimated to receive over a million tonnes of e-waste every year, the majority of which goes to Guiyu, where tens of thousands of workers manage and "recycle" the waste [CC - Bert van Dijk]
A worker rummages through e-waste for the purpose of salvaging metals and other materials for resale in Guiyu. E-waste is often illegally exported here from developed countries [EPA]
A worker takes down an old computer main frame to recover usable things in an e-waste recycling factory in Laixi, eastern China. China receives approximately 70 per cent of all e-waste generated yearly [EPA]
Sorting electronic waste in an alley behind Guangfu Lu on an autumn Saturday in Shanghai, China [CC - Remko Tanis]
India is one of the major hubs of the e-waste trade. According to a report from the Centre for Environmental Studies at Anna University in India, e-waste management in India suffers from "unhealthy conditions of informal recycling", among other criticisms [CC - Greenpeace India]
Workers dismantle old computers and electronics at E-Parisara, an electronic waste recycling factory. India(***)s growing digital economy has contributed to the amount of e-waste it generates [Getty]
According to a Greenpeace report, tonnes of unusable electronics are shipped to Ghana and disposed of in scrap yards like this. Unprotected workers, often children, work in these hazardous conditions [EPA]
Cubans get amnesty at the US border, but reaching it involves a risky journey along the Central American migrant trail.
Human Rights, Latin America, Cuba
In many ways, Michael is just like any other 11-year-old, but he has had four open heart surgeries.
Health, US & Canada
Follow a dancer through the exhaustion and jubilation of Peru's days-long Virgin of Candelaria festival.
Arts & Culture, Latin America, Peru
South Korea has more alcoholics than any other country, but it seems unlikely to quit the drink any time soon.
Health, South Korea, Asia Pacific
We follow the journey of a plastic bottle to find out what it takes to truly recycle the product creating zero waste.
Science & Technology, US & Canada, Environment
A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.
Politics, Gang violence, US
We taste an array of foods that played a crucial part in integrating Muslim and Jewish communities into British society.
Arts & Culture, United Kingdom, Food
South Koreans drink twice as much liquor as Russians, but is this national obsession with alcohol reversible?
Health, Asia, South Korea