Interconnections: Global E-waste and a Writer’s Decisions

Working on story about E-waste and global efforts to deal with what is an environmental pollution issue and depletion of limited natural resources issues. Wrote about problem of billions of mobile phones being discarded previously but this looks at all electronic waste.

It’s a complex issue with new European laws, lack of laws in US, the Basel Convention, China/India as giant scrap yards while generating their own e-waste.

As in most writing and journalism the challenge here is what to leave out and still be able to tell a complete story. And those decisions should be in service to the story not to a particular POV. Often my fave bits of a story, interesting facts or important issues have to be pushed aside.

Also working on another story about new research on connection between droughts, civil wars and climate change.

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