Yan's Corner - In Touch

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Gorillas in the Hello

Imagine every time you say a “Hello” over the handphone, you smile while reading an SMS on your handphone, you are pushing the great apes closer to extinction?

According the Sydney Morning Herald Ian Redmond, the chief consultant with the United Nation's Great Apes Survival Project, said that the mining of tantalum, a metal used in electronics, was a serious threat to gorillas clinging to survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said, "When you buy a mobile phone, a laptop or a games console you are buying tantalum capacitors. One of the metal's biggest sources is the Democratic Republic of Congo."

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