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AlanaSemuels
Senior Economics Correspondent, . I write about people doing stuff. and LA Times alum. alana.semuels@time.com
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AlanaSemuels May 23
Here are some piles of e-waste — ERI goes through mountains like this daily, shredding it into metals and plastics. A $1300 computer is worth about $1 as scrap.
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AlanaSemuels May 23
Replying to @TIME
Some environmental groups say more companies should take responsibility for what happens when the products they manufacture die. Europe and Canada have passed so-called Extended Producer Responsibility laws, but "the United States is resisting any changes to existing laws."
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AlanaSemuels May 23
Replying to @TIME
Only 19 states ban electronics from the regular trash. In Nevada, where some areas have 400 years of landfill space left, electronics often end up in the garbage.
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Alex Fitzpatrick May 23
Another must-read: interviews Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of controversial Chinese internet giant Huawei
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AlanaSemuels May 23
With the transition to 5G will come a flood of electronics waste, already the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. I visited a place that is trying to recycle e-waste, but most of it still ends up in the trash. My latest for :
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AlanaSemuels May 22
It is depressing but not necessarily surprising that a 6-foot high pile of pre-packaged Amazon Go meals were found in a Seattle waste facility. Meal and subscription kits create a huge amount of plastic that's difficult to recycle.
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AlanaSemuels May 16
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AlanaSemuels May 16
So incredibly flattered to be a finalist for the for my work at writing about how is changing America!!
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AlanaSemuels May 14
I talked to the last horseshoe maker in America about how the past year of increasing tariffs have made it much harder to be a small manufacturer in America. Even things made have some parts from somewhere else.
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Alex Fitzpatrick May 14
Trump wants you to buy American. Here's why that's almost impossible via
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AlanaSemuels May 10
ICYMI: Great piece by about what happened when a Canadian town decide to subsidize Uber trips for residents rather than creating a new bus route.
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AlanaSemuels May 7
The disappearance of middle-skill jobs has created an over-supply of people who are willing to be Uber drivers, not because it's a great job, but because it beats most of the alternatives.
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AlanaSemuels May 7
I wrote here about what Uber's IPO says about inequality in the American economy today, for The IPO will mint millionaires and billionaires, while likely driving down pay for drivers.
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AlanaSemuels May 2
Boeing's problems are occurring at its SC plant, which the company opened a decade ago partly to be in an anti-union state and avoid labor demands in WA. This story suggests working conditions -- and morale -- are much lower in SC than WA.
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AlanaSemuels May 1
Well this is a bit troubling
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AlanaSemuels May 1
The mental dance one burned man goes through when he buys stuff on Amazon: "“I click ‘OK,' and then think, I hope it doesn’t blow up.”
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AlanaSemuels Apr 30
Replying to @TheAtlantic
Though Amazon has banned the sale of 18650 lithium ion batteries since August, it's still easy to find them on the site. In March, I bought 8, even though the reviews suggested they were faulty.
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AlanaSemuels Apr 30
Here's a story I did while still at , about people who buy things from Amazon that ended up exploding and/or burning their houses down, and why Amazon isn't culpable.
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Rob Maxim Apr 29
This is a big win for platforms, and could create roadblocks to getting benefits and protections for gig workers
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