How mobile phone recycling saves gorilla populations

©iStock/Simoneemanphotography A new study has assessed the relationship between mobile phone recycling and reducing the decimation of gorilla populations. The study’s lead author Dr Carla Litchfield says that conflict elements such as gold and coltan can be recovered from mobile phone recycling, which means there is less incentive to mine gorilla habitats for those minerals. In this way, the paper suggests that a reluctance to recycle old mobile phones could be linked to the dramatic decline of gorilla populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recovering gold from mobile…

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