Lithium from electronic waste can contaminate water supply


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I knew this since I was a kid.

that is why in Europe you can’t just throw away batteries in the trash.

you have to throw them into special containers for batteries.

never saw that hear in Japan!

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Not only lithium. Electronic trash is a horrible mixture of plastics, metals, heavy metals, and rare earths. It is an environmental disaster unless strictly managed. But the environmetal crowd these days is mainly obsessed with CO2 levels instead of addressing this.

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Those people who support the climate change are also likely to be the people trying to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their waste and recycle items. Japan is quite good on the recycling but not enough is being done to increase the use of renewable energies when compared to its allies like Britain and America.

Some companies are also doing recycle programs. Apple products can be returned to Apple, free of charge for recycling done by robots.

Batteries should not be thrown into normal waste but separated out and disposed on the collection days.

I reduced my carbon footprint over my life time by a least 50%.

All aspects of the environmental disaster are a major concern. Not only the levels of carbon dioxide but also the plastics and chemicals in the oceans, seas, rivers. The pollutions of the air we breathe and the land we grow our food on.

Four million people die every year from air pollution.

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Lithium is the 25th most abundant element in the Earth's crust, and as the article states, we are all exposed to it from natural sources. So the question would seem to be, how is this increased exposure to lithium going to affect health, and what can be done, if necessary, to remove it from our drinking water?

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