When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday´s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don´t want and turn it into something you can´t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter - veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner - travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that´s transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet´s worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters who´ve figured out how to build fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a young boy ´´grubbing´´ in Detroit´s city dumps in the 1930s; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming America in search of scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber turned scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet reveals how ´´going green´´ usually means making money - and why that´s often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren´t pretty. With unmatched access to and insight on the junk trade, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America´s recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of consumption, innovation, and the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don´t. Junkyard Planet reveals that we might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016086/bk_adbl_016086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Digital Age was expected to usher in an era of clean production, an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants. But as environmental journalist Elizabeth Grossman reveals in this penetrating analysis of high tech manufacture and disposal, digital may be sleek, but it´s anything but clean. Deep within every electronic device lie toxic materials that make up the bits and bytes, a complex thicket of lead, mercury, cadmium, plastics, and a host of other often harmful ingredients. High Tech Trash is a wake-up call to the importance of the e-waste issue and the health hazards involved. Americans alone own more than two billion pieces of high tech electronics and discard five to seven million tons each year. As a result, electronic waste already makes up more than two-thirds of the heavy metals and 40 percent of the lead found in our landfills. But the problem goes far beyond American shores, most tragically to the cities in China and India where shiploads of discarded electronics arrive daily. There, they are ´´recycled´´ - picked apart by hand, exposing thousands of workers and community residents to toxics. As Grossman notes, ´´This is a story in which we all play a part, whether we know it or not. If you sit at a desk in an office, talk to friends on your cell phone, watch television, listen to music on headphones, are a child in Guangdong, or a native of the Arctic, you are part of this story. ´´The answers lie in changing how we design, manufacture, and dispose of high tech electronics. Europe has led the way in regulating materials used in electronic devices and in e-waste recycling. But in the United States many have yet to recognize the persistent human health and environmental effects of the toxics in high tech devices. If Silent Spring brought national attention to the dangers of DDT and other pesticides, High Tech Trash could do the same for a new generation of technology´s products. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elisa Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014253/bk_adbl_014253_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This album contains fully dramatized, true-to-life, character-building audio adventures exemplifying the high moral values necessary for successful living. You´ll enjoy hearing of Lottie Moon´s courage and compassion for the people of China, Lillian Trasher´s dedication and love for Egypt´s orphans, the triumphant pursuit of a dream by pioneering educator Dr. Mary Bethune, and the faithfulness of Africa´s Mayala, the Congo chief. Enjoy these and other heart-warming stories of courage and character. Great listening and entertainment for the whole family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aunt Carole, Uncle Dan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/ystr/000051/pf_ystr_000051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of China’s foremost authors, Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China, in all its humor and pathos, as seen through the eyes of Happy Liu, a charming and clever rural laborer who leaves his home for the gritty, harsh streets of Xi’an in search of better life. After a disastrous end to a relationship, Hawa ´´Happy” Liu embarks on a quest to find the recipient of his donated kidney and a life that lives up to his self-given moniker. Traveling from his rural home in Freshwind to the city of Xi’an, Happy brings only an eternally positive attitude, his devoted best friend Wufu, and a pair of high-heeled women’s shoes he hopes to fill with the love of his life. In Xi’an, Happy and Wufu find jobs as trash pickers sorting through the city’s filth, but Happy refuses to be deterred by inauspicious beginnings. In his eyes, dusty birds become phoenixes, the streets become rivers, and life is what you make of it. When he meets the beautiful Yichun, he imagines she is the one to fill the shoes and his Cinderella-esque dream. But when the harsh city conditions and the crush of societal inequalities take the life of his friend and shake Happy to his soul, he’ll need more than just his unrelenting optimism to hold on to the belief that something better is possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Wu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/010637/bk_brll_010637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.