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Our Tech Addiction Is Creating a ‘Toxic Soup’

It’s time to address the crisis

TThe pool at the bottom of the Lavender Pit pit is the color of rust, burnt red and bleeding. The pit is part of the inactive Copper Queen mining complex in Bisbee, Arizona. On the crater’s rim is a commemorative plaque that asks, “Why dig the pit?” Because, the plaque goes on to answer, “every electronic gizmo from refrigerators to…



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Josh Lepawsky

Josh Lepawsky is an associate professor of geography at Memorial University. His latest book is “Reassembling Rubbish: Worlding Electronic Waste” for MIT Press.