Cellphones are endangering gorillas, but recycling old ones can help

In the Congo basin, minerals used in cellphones and other electronics are often mined by illegal, small-scale miners who end up hurting wildlife for food and driving them away from their habitat. You can do something to change this. A mother gorilla holds her child in a jungle in Congo. Gorillas are driven away from their habitats by small-scale miners who dig for coltan, a mineral used in cellphones and other electronics. Image: FredR, CC BY-NC 2.0 You probably use it every day and don’t think once about gorillas. In today’s world, it’s…

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