"Sources, exposure & risks associated with e-waste" at Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, CP > 6:30pm on 13th September 2012

Time : 6:30 pm

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Place : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi - 110001
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Event Details : Workshop : “Sources, exposure and risks associated with e-waste”, Silvia Lacorte.

Synopsis : Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to consumer and business electronic equipment that are near or at the end of its useful life. It applies to computers, televisions, stereos, copiers, and fax machines, among other electronic products. Although many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled to reduce the volume that goes to disposal, most electronic discards are often inappropriately treated. It is reported that two thirds of electrical and electronic waste in the European Union go to landfills and to sub-standard treatment sites in or outside the European Union. Inadequately treated e-waste poses environmental and health risks.

In this conference, several aspects related to e-waste will be presented and discussed. The generation of e-waste from different countries will permit to have an overview of the magnitude of the problem. Global managing the e-waste is a new challenge and a difficulty that has to be resolved considering social, political, economic, environmental and health viewpoints. Modern electronics can contain up to 60 different elements, ranging from metals, flame retardants, plastic and glass, among others; many are valuable, some are hazardous and some are both. Recycling techniques will be briefly discussed, according to European or other legislations which define the conditions and terms for electronic waste disposal and treatment. On the other side, the uncontrolled discarding or inappropriate waste management/recycling generate significant hazardous emissions, with severe impacts on health and environment. First, primary emissions or compounds able to migrate of leach from electronic waste will be identified. Also, secondary and tertiary toxic emissions will be discussed in terms of compounds generated during the treatment of e-waste. Depending on the physico-chemical properties of these compounds, some can leach to water or adsorb to soil or sediment, while more volatile compounds are emitted to atmosphere. The effects they may cause to the environment will be highlighted. Finally, health risks associated with the improper handling of these materials will be discussed, since in most cases, there is a lack of knowledge on the effects metals and organic compounds associated to e-waste can cause to humans, especially, to infants.

Biography : The scientific carreer of Silvia Lacorte consists of the development and validation of analytic methodologies to determine organic composes and environmental samples and their aplication to develop different research studies of environmental survelliance aimed to study the transport, accumulation and degradability of the contaminating actives and evaluate the effects they cause upon the environment. She’s the author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. She has participated and coordinated different national and European projects. She is currently the speaks person of the commission of the department of Science and Technology from CSIC.

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"Sources, exposure & risks associated with e-waste" at Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, CP > 6:30pm on 13th September 2012 "Sources, exposure & risks associated with e-waste" at Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, CP > 6:30pm on 13th September 2012 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Thursday, September 13, 2012 Rating: 5

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