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SUNS # 8541 Thursday 28 September 2017
 
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United Nations : Where do 50 million tonnes a year of toxic e-waste go? (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
Each year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e- waste, but as the number of consumers rises, and the lifespan of devices shrinks in response to demand for the newest and best, that figure could reach 50 million tonnes this year, according to specialised studies.

Mexico : Mercury mining awaits international control (PRIV)
(IPS, Mexico City)
For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is "devastating," when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Queretaro in central Mexico.

Argentina : Indigenous land conflicts finally garner attention (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
The territorial claims of hundreds of indigenous communities, which extend throughout most of Argentina's vast geography, burst onto the public agenda of a country built by and for descendants of European colonisers and immigrants, accustomed to looking at native people as outsiders.

Brazil : Small farmers in Amazon region seek sustainability (PRIV)
(IPS, Alta Floresta)
The deforestation caused by the expansion of livestock farming and soy monoculture appears unstoppable in the Amazon rainforest in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. But small-scale farmers are trying to reverse that trend.

Bangladesh : Women slowly break barriers (PRIV)
(IPS, Dhaka)
When one thinks of Bangladesh, its political leadership naturally comes to mind as the leaders of the country's major parties are women, including the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and the Speaker of the National Parliament.


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