How the tech industry outsources pollution to China [Kahney’s Korner podcast]

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Death by Design documentary
The hard-hitting Death by Design documentary is a sobering look at the environmental legacy of the tech industry.
Photo: Death by Design

The tech industry appears to be nice and clean, but it has a long and toxic history of environmental damage. Silicon Valley is home to the most Superfund cleanup sites in the country.

A new film, Death by Design, takes a sobering look at the electronics industry and its toxic environmental legacy — both in the United States and in China. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the cost of the devices we consume in some measure of ignorance.

Apple features heavily in the film, though it’s not the only tech company implicated.

This week on Kahney’s Korner, I talk to the documentary’s director, Sue Wiliams, about Apple, pollution and Silicon Valley.

Director Sue Williams
Director Sue Williams
Photo: Sue Williams/Death by Design

Based in New York, Williams has made several documentaries for PBS, including five features about China. She’s won numerous awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle and two International Film & Video Festival Awards.

Death by Design is currently touring film festivals and will likely be broadcast next year. A schedule of screenings can be found on the Death by Design website.

About Kahney’s Korner

Kahney’s Korner is a weekly podcast about the world of Apple. It’s a big Apple world out there, and there are tons of great, fascinating stories to tell.

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Episode

Kahney’s Korner #8: Apple and the environment with filmmaker Sue Williams. Subscribe to Kahney’s Korner on iTunes or Google Play.

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