Here\'s a question for you. Say that I have an obsolete, useless Commodore computer in my garage. You offer to take it apart, recycle the electrical parts, and sell the excess metal for scrap. I gladly give you the electronic albatross, but rather than neatly recycling it, you incompetently or irresponsibly disassemble and deposit the innardsósome of which may be toxicóin your backyard. Who is responsible for the mess: you or me?
If you answered that I\'m responsible, you\'re part of an unusual international consensus that was expanded and reinforced in Geneva recently. The Parties to the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal met in December to expand the treaty\'s 1994 ban on movements of waste from rich to poor countries.