The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.
Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.
Chapter 6: Electronic Waste: System Failure Imminent
Electronic goods, especially computers, contain a cocktail of some of the most toxic substances known to man. These toxic compounds are released as the computer or other appliance is broken down.
Lead: Lead is a well-known potent neurotoxin. It is released when the glass of a computer or television screen is smashed. It accumulates in soft tissue and bone over time and can cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems and kidneys. It is especially dangerous for children and can cause blood and brain disorders. Consumer electronics account for 40 percent of the lead found in landfills. This ...