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SPAIN-CHEMICAL INDUSTRY/
RTS4Y8CX 
January 29, 2022 
A general view shows Inovyn chemical plant, that manufactures vinyl chloride (VCM) and polyvinyl Chloride... 
MARTORELL, Spain 
A general view shows Inovyn chemical plant in Martorell 
A general view shows Inovyn chemical plant, that manufactures vinyl chloride (VCM) and polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) in Martorell, near Barcelona, Spain January 29, 2022. REUTERS/Nacho Doce 
TECH-CES/
RTS483SL 
January 03, 2022 
Vincent Gaston of Airxom wears an Airxom mask, which uses an active filtration technology to destroy... 
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES 
CES 2022 in Las Vegas 
Vincent Gaston of Airxom wears an Airxom mask, which uses an active filtration technology to destroy organic and chemical pollutants and micro-organisms, during CES Unveiled, a media preview event, at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Steve Marcus 
USA-POLLUTION/HOUSTON
RTX8JE8V 
December 31, 2020 
Daisy Henriquez and son Kevin Santos, 10, receive a medical evaluation at a Harris County Public Health... 
Deer Park, UNITED STATES 
Mother and son receive a medical evaluation in Deer Park 
Daisy Henriquez and son Kevin Santos, 10, receive a medical evaluation at a Harris County Public Health mobile clinic set up in response to recent hazardous chemical exposure experienced by residents in Deer Park, Texas, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott 
SPAIN-CATALONIA/BLAST
RTS2YEFN 
January 14, 2020 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January... 
Tarragona, Spain 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce 
SPAIN-CATALONIA/BLAST
RTS2YEFI 
January 14, 2020 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January... 
Tarragona, Spain 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona 
A fire is pictured at a chemical factory after an explosion at the factory in Tarragona, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce 
Pictures Report
Pictures Report 
These Houston residents dream of moving to where the air is clear 
21 PICTURES 
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These Houston residents dream of moving to where the air is clear 
21 PICTURES 
USA-POLLUTION/HOUSTON
RTS2X03R 
January 03, 2020 
A mariachi band plays for plant workers who just finished their shift at the LyondellBasell chemicals... 
Pasadena, UNITED STATES 
The Wider Image: These Houston residents dream of moving to where the air is clear 
A mariachi band plays for plant workers who just finished their shift at the LyondellBasell chemicals and refining plant in Pasadena, Texas, U.S., August 9, 2018. The plant workers have made it a tradition to bring in the mariachi band to this parking lot near their work, where they unwind with beers on payday. REUTERS/Loren Elliott SEARCH "POLLUTION HOUSTON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
USA-POLLUTION/HOUSTON
RTS2X03P 
January 03, 2020 
Chemical plants and refineries near the Houston Ship Channel are seen next to the Manchester neighborhood... 
Houston, UNITED STATES 
The Wider Image: These Houston residents dream of moving to where the air is clear 
Chemical plants and refineries near the Houston Ship Channel are seen next to the Manchester neighborhood in the industrial east end of Houston, Texas, U.S., August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott SEARCH "POLLUTION HOUSTON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOBN 
January 22, 2019 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOBM 
January 22, 2019 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOBD 
January 22, 2019 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOBA 
January 22, 2019 
A worker operates drones as they spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A worker operates drones as they spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOB9 
January 22, 2019 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOB8 
January 22, 2019 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
Drones fly and spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOB7 
January 22, 2019 
A worker operates drones as they spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A worker operates drones as they spray chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOB0 
January 22, 2019 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOAZ 
January 22, 2019 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2BOAW 
January 22, 2019 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand,... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
Drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
A drone flies and sprays chemicals during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2AP5I 
January 15, 2019 
Workers load chemicals to an aircraft before an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand,... 
Rayong, Thailand 
Workers load chemicals to an aircraft before an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok 
Workers load chemicals to an aircraft before an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
THAILAND-POLLUTION/
RTS2AP5H 
January 15, 2019 
Workers pour chemicals as an aircraft flies over outskirt of Bangkok in a bid to seed clouds during an... 
Rayong, Thailand 
Workers pour chemicals as an aircraft flies over outskirt of Bangkok in a bid to seed clouds during an... 
Workers pour chemicals as an aircraft flies over outskirt of Bangkok in a bid to seed clouds during an operation to reduce air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX3N3CO 
December 08, 2017 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical... 
YIXING, China 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical... 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical manufacturing industry, in his locality outside one of the factories that he says breaks environmental protection rules, in Yixing city, Jiangsu province, China November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Shepherd 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX3MW15 
December 08, 2017 
Pensioner Gu (L) and environmental activist Wu Lihong hold up pictures taken by Gu showing pollution... 
CHANGXING, China 
Pensioner Gu (L) and environmental activist Wu Lihong hold up pictures taken by Mr Gu showing pollution... 
Pensioner Gu (L) and environmental activist Wu Lihong hold up pictures taken by Gu showing pollution of chemical manufacturing in his local neighborhood in Changxing county, a short distance from Dingshu town, Zhejiang province, China November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Shepherd 
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX3MW12 
December 08, 2017 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical... 
YIXING, China 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical... 
Environmental activist Wu Lihong describes water and soil pollution caused by contaminants from chemical manufacturing industry, in his locality outside one of the factories that he says breaks environmental protection rules, in Yixing city, Zhejiang province, China November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Shepherd 
JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
RTX3H7YG 
September 20, 2017 
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata... 
Minamata, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard 
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning. Forty-five years on, she is travelling again, this time to Geneva, to attend from Sunday a gathering of signatories to the first global pact to rein in mercury pollution. Sakamoto is one of a shrinking group of survivors from a 1950s industrial disaster in which tens of thousands of people were poisoned after waste water from a chemical plant seeped into the Minamata bay. The waste contained a toxic organic compound, methylmercury, which can cause severe damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to a condition called Minamata disease. It gives its name to the U.N.-backed treaty that took effect last month. Symptoms worsen with age, leaving some victims grappling with the question of who will care for them after the death of siblings and parents, while others face legal disputes. "If I don't say something, no one will know about Minamata disease," said Sakamoto, who is one of the few born with the disease who is still able to talk. "There are still so many problems, and I want people to know." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "MINAMATA VICTIMS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS 
CHINA-POLLUTION/
RTX380VT 
May 29, 2017 
Steam and smoke rise from a factory in the Guantao Chemical Industry Park in the early morning near the... 
HANDAN, China 
Steam and smoke rise from a factory in the Guantao Chemical Industry Park in Handan 
Steam and smoke rise from a factory in the Guantao Chemical Industry Park in the early morning near the villages of East Luzhuang and Nansitou, Hebei province, February 22, 2017. Picture taken February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
CHINA-POLLUTION/
RTX380VS 
May 29, 2017 
A villager and a boy ride on an electric tricycle past the Guantao Chemical Industry Park outside the... 
EAST LUZHUANG, China 
A villager and a boy ride on an electric tricycle past the Guantao Chemical Industry Park outside the... 
A villager and a boy ride on an electric tricycle past the Guantao Chemical Industry Park outside the village of East Luzhuang, Hebei province, February 23, 2017. Picture taken February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
CHINA-POLLUTION/
RTX380VR 
May 29, 2017 
A plant inside the Guantao Chemical Industry Park is seen behind farmland near the village of East Luzhuang,... 
EAST LUZHUANG, China 
A plant inside the Guantao Chemical Industry Park is seen behind farmland near the village of East Luzhuang... 
A plant inside the Guantao Chemical Industry Park is seen behind farmland near the village of East Luzhuang, Hebei province, February 22, 2017. Picture taken February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
CHINA-POLLUTION/
RTX380VP 
May 29, 2017 
Morning mist rises from the canal that runs through the Guantao Chemical Industry Park near the village... 
HANDAN, China 
Morning mist rises from the canal that runs through the Guantao Chemical Industry Park near the village... 
Morning mist rises from the canal that runs through the Guantao Chemical Industry Park near the village of East Luzhuang, Hebei province, February 22, 2017. The sign reads: "Speed up production upgrading. Create an environmentaly friendly industrial park." Picture taken February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16AEK 
May 12, 2017 
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern... 
BOKEO, Laos 
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse 
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos inÊ2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up toÊ$720Êper hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it. In impoverished Laos, the offer was generous. "They told us the price and asked us if we were happy. We said okay." Elsewhere, riverside land with good access roads fetched at least double that sum. Three years later, the Chinese-driven banana boom has left few locals untouched, but not everyone is smiling. Experts say the Chinese have brought jobs and higher wages to northern Laos, but have also drenched plantations with pesticides and other chemicals. Last year, the Lao government banned the opening of new banana plantations after a state-backed institute reported that the intensive use of chemicals had sickened workers and polluted water sources. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA BANANA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. Matching text CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16ADH 
May 12, 2017 
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province... 
BOKEO, Laos 
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse 
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA BANANA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16A51 
May 12, 2017 
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province... 
BOKEO, Laos 
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse 
A packing area is seen after a job at a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA BANANA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS
RTS16A39 
May 12, 2017 
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern... 
BOKEO, Laos 
The Wider Image: Cash and chemicals: banana boom a blessing and a curse 
Kongkaew Vonusak smiles when he recalls the arrival of Chinese investors in his tranquil village in northern Laos in 2014. With them came easy money, he said. The Chinese offered villagers up to $720 per hectare to rent their land, much of it fallow for years, said Kongkaew, 59, the village chief. They wanted to grow bananas on it. In impoverished Laos, the offer was generous. "They told us the price and asked us if we were happy. We said okay." Elsewhere, riverside land with good access roads fetched at least double that sum. Three years later, the Chinese-driven banana boom has left few locals untouched, but not everyone is smiling. Experts say the Chinese have brought jobs and higher wages to northern Laos, but have also drenched plantations with pesticides and other chemicals. Last year, the Lao government banned the opening of new banana plantations after a state-backed institute reported that the intensive use of chemicals had sickened workers and polluted water sources. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA BANANA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. Matching text CHINA-SILKROAD/LAOS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
TURKEY-REFERENDUM/VOTERS
RTX3596B 
April 12, 2017 
Fisherman Cengiz Topcu, 57, who says he will vote 'No' in the referendum, poses in his boat in Rize on... 
Rize, Turkey 
The Wider Image: Turkey's referendum: myriad views, only two options 
Fisherman Cengiz Topcu, 57, who says he will vote 'No' in the referendum, poses in his boat in Rize on the Black Sea coast, Turkey, April 5, 2017. "I am a patriot. In the past Erdogan was a good man but recently he has changed in a bad way. I want a democracy, not the rule of one man. Systems ruled by one person lead to military coups," Topcu said. He thought that Turkey's biggest problems are unemployment and terror. He is also concerned about the environment, "In the past, there were lots fish in the Black Sea, but now it is polluted. The chemicals from the factories along the rivers pollute the rivers and these rivers carry the poison to the sea. There are no more fish around." REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "VOXPOPS UMIT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY?? 
CHINA-PROPRTY/TIANJIN
RTX1TYPR 
October 30, 2015 
A man who does not want to be identified (L) walks towards a construction worker taking a break as he... 
Tianjin, China 
A man who does not want to be identified walks towards a construction worker taking a break as he visits... 
A man who does not want to be identified (L) walks towards a construction worker taking a break as he visits his new apartment undergoing a renovation at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, October 18, 2015. The man's former apartment was damaged by August's deadly blasts and he recently purchased the six-year old apartment located about 12 km (7.4 miles) away from the disaster area. He said he does not want to live in his old apartment because he worries about pollutants released from the blasts. With prices of new homes rising by about 10 percent since the chemical blasts to meet an increase in demand, finding new homes outside the disaster area for most of those affected is a costly - and frustrating - process. Picture taken October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
CHINA-PROPRTY/TIANJIN
RTX1TYOR 
October 30, 2015 
A man who does not want to be identified looks at a construction site of new apartment buildings as he... 
Tianjin, China 
A man who does not want to be identified looks at a construction site of new apartment buildings as he... 
A man who does not want to be identified looks at a construction site of new apartment buildings as he stands in his recently purchased apartment at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, October 18, 2015. The man's former apartment was damaged by August's deadly blasts and he recently purchased the six-year old apartment located about 12 km (7.4 miles) away from the disaster area. He said he does not want to live in his old apartment because he worries about pollutants released from the blasts. With prices of new homes rising by about 10 percent since the chemical blasts to meet an increase in demand, finding new homes outside the disaster area for most of those affected is a costly - and frustrating - process. Picture taken October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
CHINA-BLAST/
RTX1OM1U 
August 18, 2015 
Soil samples taken from an area near last week's explosions are placed on a table at a monitoring station... 
Tianjin, China 
Soil samples taken from an area near last week's explosions are placed on a table at a monitoring station... 
Soil samples taken from an area near last week's explosions are placed on a table at a monitoring station to check for environmental pollution located within a 3-km (2-mile) exclusion zone from the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 18, 2015. The explosions late last Wednesday in Tianjin, the world's 10th-busiest port in China's industrial northeast, forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 700 people were injured and another 70, mostly fire fighters, are still missing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
CHINA-BLAST/
RTX1OM0V 
August 18, 2015 
Engineers of Tianjin environmental monitoring center use a device to check the level of hydrogen cyanide... 
Tianjin, China 
Engineers of Tianjin environmental monitoring center use a device to check the level of hydrogen cyanide... 
Engineers of Tianjin environmental monitoring center use a device to check the level of hydrogen cyanide present in the air at a monitoring station observing environmental pollution located within a 3-km (2-mile) exclusion zone from last week's explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 18, 2015. The explosions late last Wednesday in Tianjin, the world's 10th-busiest port in China's industrial northeast, forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 700 people were injured and another 70, mostly fire fighters, are still missing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
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World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump - 03 Jul 2015 
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CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IURF 
July 03, 2015 
A new factory which is to be used for recycling waste is under construction at a government managed area... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A new factory which is to be used for recycling waste is under construction at a government managed area in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IURD 
July 03, 2015 
A man rides a motorcycle through the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10,... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A man rides a motorcycle through the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQZ 
July 03, 2015 
A worker recycles CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A worker recycles CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQW 
July 03, 2015 
A polluted river flows past a workshop that is used for recycling electronic waste in the township of... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A polluted river flows past a workshop that is used for recycling electronic waste in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1IUQV 
July 03, 2015 
Old cellular phone components are discarded inside a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Old cellular phone components are discarded inside a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
Plastic components of electronic waste are packed on a roadside in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
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Plastic components of electronic waste are packed on a roadside in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
CD players for recycling are seen at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
CD players for recycling are seen at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
Motor tricycles carrying electronic waste are transported to one of the small workshops for recycling... 
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Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Motor tricycles carrying electronic waste are transported to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
Workers recycle CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Workers recycle CD players at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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July 03, 2015 
A worker distributes electronic waste at a government managed recycling centre at the township of Guiyu... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A worker distributes electronic waste at a government managed recycling centre at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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July 03, 2015 
A toy tricycle is seen on circuit boards at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A toy tricycle is seen on circuit boards at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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July 03, 2015 
Circuit boards lie inside a home in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June... 
GUIYU, China 
Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
Circuit boards lie inside a home in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
A polluted river flows past a workshop used for processsing plastic components of electronic waste at... 
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Wider Image: World's Largest Electronics Waste Dump 
A polluted river flows past a workshop used for processsing plastic components of electronic waste at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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July 03, 2015 
A motor tricycle transports electronic waste to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township... 
GUIYU, China 
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A motor tricycle transports electronic waste to one of the small workshops for recycling in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
Workers illegally distribute old computers and printers to others for future recycling outside the government... 
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Workers illegally distribute old computers and printers to others for future recycling outside the government designated recycling centre, at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 8, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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July 03, 2015 
Buffalos are seen adjacent to workshops recycling plastic components from electronic waste at the township... 
GUIYU, China 
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Buffalos are seen adjacent to workshops recycling plastic components from electronic waste at the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015.The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
Metal cases are piled up on the outskirts of the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province... 
GUIYU, China 
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Metal cases are piled up on the outskirts of the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 9, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
A recycling electronic waste factory is seen beside a field in the township of Guiyu in China's southern... 
GUIYU, China 
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A recycling electronic waste factory is seen beside a field in the township of Guiyu in China's southern Guangdong province June 10, 2015. The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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July 03, 2015 
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The town of Guiyu in the economic powerhouse of Guangdong province in China has long been known as one of the world’s largest electronic waste dump sites. At its peak, some 5,000 workshops in the village recycle 15,000 tonnes of waste daily including hard drives, mobile phones, computer screens and computers shipped in from across the world. Many of the workers, however, work in poorly ventilated workshops with little protective gear, prying open discarded electronics with their bare hands. Plastic circuit boards are also melted down to salvage bits of valuable metals such as gold, copper and aluminum. As a result, large amounts of pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals are released into the rivers nearby, severely contaminating local water supplies, devastating farm harvests and damaging the health of residents. The stench of burnt plastic envelops the small town of Guiyu, while some rivers are black with industrial effluent. According to research conducted by Southern China’s Shantou University, Guiyu’s air and water is heavily contaminated by toxic metal particles. As a result, children living there have abnormally high levels of lead in their blood, the study found. While most of the e-waste was once imported into China and processed in Guiyu, much more of the discarded e-waste now comes from within China as the country grows in affluence. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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