Crime Spain: 34 arrests for waste trafficking to Africa
E-waste levels surge 20 percent in 5 years: UN
Humans discarded more than 50 million tonnes of electronic waste last year -- an increase of 20 percent in just five years -- making tech refuse the world's fastest growing waste problem, the United Nations said Thursday. "E-waste quantities are rising three times faster than the world's population and 13 percent faster than the world's GDP during the last five years," said Antonis Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association."This sharp rise creates substantial environmental and health pressures and demonstrates the urgency to combine the fourth industrial revolution with circular economy.
The Spanish Civil Guard arrested 34 people in the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. These people are involved in the illegal trafficking of waste electrical and electronic equipment destined for several African countries, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Sierra Leone and, above all, Nigeria. Between 2018 and 2019, 138 illegal transfers took place.
From our correspondent in Madrid, François Musseau
Engines, vehicle spare parts, various and varied household appliances, and above all a considerable quantity of electrical and electronic devices, in total, over two years, at least 2,500 tonnes of this type of waste were exported from the Spanish Canary Islands to several African countries, Nigeria in particular.
Africa Cup will be postponed to January 2022
The Africa Cup has been postponed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now to be held in Cameroon in January 2022, the African football confederation CAF announced. © Photo: Gehad Hamdy / dpa The Africa Cup was postponed by one year. The tournament was originally scheduled to run from January 9 to February 6, 2021. The exact dates for the final tournament and the qualifying matches are not yet known.
Around thirty people are involved, including a 62-year-old Italian woman, whose residence in the Canaries was searched from top to bottom. The Civil Guard investigation concluded that what went through customs as a spare was in fact hazardous waste. Once they arrived in African countries, according to the Spanish investigators, they came into the hands of children who extracted aluminum and copper from them.
However, from the same police source, this waste is very dangerous, since it contains mercury, arsenic or phosphorus. In addition, their improper use releases gases contributing to global warming.
Corona emergency in Spain comes to an end .
The people in the former Corona hotspot Spain can breathe a sigh of relief: for the first time in 14 weeks, they can move freely around the country again. Prime Minister Sánchez warns of caution. © Reuters / Moncloa Palace Prime Minister Sánchez: Since Sunday morning, 0 a.m. (CEST), the state of emergency in Spain due to the corona pandemic no longer applies. Europe's strictest curfews had led to violent political and social debates there.