Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
Sharp of Japan has created the world's largest thin-film transistor liquid crystal display by joining two 52.5 cm-display panels -- the largest available -- into one 70 cm-panel. The joining line of the panels virtually disappears on the screen thanks to a precision glass-cutting technique that preserves the standard pixel pitch (number of dots that create an image) of 880 micrometres across the joint and a polymer seal which has the transparency and low refraction of glass. The panel could be used in information boards, pre sentation displays and wall-mounted TVs ( Popular Science , July '96).