UN warns of severe health risks from e-waste in India

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The UN has warned about the health and environmental dangers from the processing of e-waste — the discarded electronic and electrical material — by the informal sector in India without proper safeguards. “Severe health impacts and environmental damage are widespread in India, due to the final step of the e-waste processing by the informal sector,” a report by the International Telecommunications Union and the UN University released on Wednesday said. Over 1 million poor people in India are involved in manual recycling operations, but “most of these people have very…

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Berlin zoo on survival watch for newborn polar bear

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BERLIN: Berlin’s Tierpark zoo is anxiously waiting to see if a polar bear cub survives its first few days, when the likelihood of it dying is especially high, the zoo’s director said. The cub’s sibling was stillborn and was eaten by its mother Tonja overnight, the zoo said. The polar bear is the offspring of Tonja, 8, and Wolodja, 6, whose first cub, Fritz, died at four months in March, following complications from a liver inflammation. “We are very glad. Still, like last year, it’s now time to cross fingers,”…

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