In a piece for SciDev.Net Professor Sovacool described how the developed world’s attempt to reduce its carbon footprint has led to environmental and public health risks, gender discrimination, child labour, and ethnic discrimination in the global South – the ‘decarbonisation divide’.
The Agbogbloshi waste site in Ghana has become a symbol of the global North’s wasteful electronics consumption practices. One 2017 study estimates about 215,000 metric tons of e-waste reaches Ghana every year. This number is expected to increase as a new generation of e-waste is developed to help the global North shift to a low-carbon economy.
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