E-waste is dangerous
关键词：Conduct a computer survey; Complete a letter
话题归类:科普知识与现代技术 Modern technology
词数 280 建议阅读时间 6分钟
NOW he has a new computer, Mike is wondering what happened to the old one. Well, after being broken down into small pieces, it was sent to China by ship.
Things like this happen every day. Last month Hong Kong officers found 131,000 kilograms of broken computers, TVs and phones. They had been sent to China illegally (非法地). This batch (批) of e-waste was sent back to Japan, but sometimes e-waste gets through.
Computers are filled with dangerous poisons like mercury (水银) and lead (铅). Every time an old computer is broken down, it needs to be dealt with safely. Usually computer parts are buried. Dealing with them is a problem.
Countries like Japan and the US send their e-waste to China. Guiyu in Guangdong Province has been called "the e-waste capital of the world".
The city has to deal with 1.5 million kilograms of e-waste each year. This earns $75 million, but it comes at a cost.
Many of the poisons in e-waste find their way into the environment. Plastic is burned outdoors and acids (酸) are poured into rivers.
Greenpeace, an environmental group, has said that it has found the earth and rivers of Guiyu to be badly polluted.
This year China will make its first law about waste recycling. The Chinese government wants the country to develop, but in a way that doesn't damage the environment and people's lives.
Money has been given by computer companies like Lenovo and Founder to help deal with computer waste. These companies will also be asked to take back their old computers. This is because they know best how to deal with them safely.
Your turn: discussion
What do you think about countries like the US and Japan sending their e-waste to China?
关键词：牛津版 初三 Computers 科普知识与现代技术 Modern technology