I did not know this, but the Playstation contains an element called coltan. Almost all the coltan comes the The Democratic Republic of Congo and is mined illegally. They burn the forest and strip the soil for coltan. In doing this, they kill rare and endangered gorillas. Apparently there is a perfectly good substitute in a ceramic transistor, but it isn't being used enough.
"Old."Which is why I said that I did not know this, not that it is new. I must have been living under a rock. I am most likely correct in saying that many of us never heard about this.
"April Fool's!"That was yesterday, and no, this is a real news story. I only found out because it was part of a news story on Australia's.\, The World Today, on the ABC.
There's no April fools here >_>, this is in fact true. Coltan is a compound of Niobite and Tantalite
I was not aware it was used in PS2 though.
What's happening in the Congo is terrible, and it's due to many much wanted natural resources the country has, including this one. It's having a very destructive effect on all those that live there, not just the wildlife and the precious Gorilla's. The greed is fucking up that country severely and many people are dying in a war that is essentially about taking control of the resources.
Oona King used to be my local MP when I lived in East London during my University days.
"make sure you recycle your mobile to ensure that the coltan is extracted and reused."Never! I save my old phones so I can look back and laugh at what used to be cutting edge. And really, if this stuff is so valuable that kids and gorillas are being killed for it then the idea that I would give it away for free is even more ridiculous.
"There's no April fools here >_>, this is in fact true. Coltan is a compound of Niobite and TantaliteThe west's greed is the cause of most of the world's problems. I sell coffee and chocolate, but I am confidant that it isn't sourced from child slaves on the east of Africa. Can't be sure though. Then there is the sweatshops we get our clothing from. Is there anything we do that doesn't destroy the world?
I was not aware it was used in PS2 though. What's happening in the Congo is terrible, and it's due to many much wanted natural resources, including this one. It's having a very destructive effect on all those that live there. The west's greed is fucking up that country severely. It's being bled.Oona King used to be my local MP when I lived in East London during my University days."
In truth it's not just the west, India, China and Japan's economies are very dependent on the mineral given their investment in electronics. The alternative which can be used is more expensive...
What's happening in the Congo right now is shambolic, it's a dirty stain on this world and it bares testament to how this world works. It's little talked about by the powers that be, because nobody wants to kick up a fuss when they have their own interests to consider.
I could post some nasty videos here, but there's no need to sour this thread. All I will say is that what's happening in Congo is shocking, and everyone knows about it, yet nothing is done
And then you're supposed to believe when something does happen in another part of the world, which coincidentally holds certain interesting materials, it's purely done to save and protect people from tyranny and harm... When you get what you want, there's no reason to save anyone...
It's sad but I think it ranks pretty low on the list of cases organizations like Amnesty International [http://www.amnesty.org/] and Human Right Watch [http://www.hrw.org/] are trying to amend. The situation in Darfur, Sudan alone has been a disgrace to humankind for years.
I had heard about this a while ago, but it wasn't as big of a shock to find out since other products from various companies contained coltan as well. If the PS2 wasn't so popular, they probably wouldn't have used coltan, or would have needed much less. Sad either way, but it seems Sony is using coltan from a variety of sources now.