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Friday, April 30, 2004

Mobile phones continue to decimate gorillas

The article is written by Leigh Phillips, DM Europe: "mobile phones are killing gorillas in eastern Congo - not mobile phones themselves, but one of the key minerals used in the production of mobile phone handsets, according to scientists. The apes’ population has declined by over 70 per cent in the past ten years. The number of apes has declined to around 5,000, down from some 17,000 in 1994... Why? Because eastern Congo is home to around 80 per cent of the globe’s columbine tantalite, also known as coltan, as well as home to around 97 percent of Congo's eastern lowland gorilla population. In the last few years, the price of coltan has risen from €55 to €500."

Source: DM Europe through AP and BBC.

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on April 30, 2004 at 06:37 PM in c. Multimedia convergence, n. Online strategies, o. Ethics and Press Freedom | Permalink

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