Project Enough, Violence in the Congo, and Conflict Minerals In Your Pocket

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  1. Steve S
    06/27/2010

    There was a short, but interesting article about developing mineral scarcities a month or two ago in Popular Science (the world’s best magazine). One was tantalum, used to make capacitors. Apparently, it’s in very short supply.

    Although everyone (it seems) talks about peak oil, there are other important scarcities developing. Makes one think that we’d better get the space program fired back up, and the sooner, the better…

  2. gmich
    06/27/2010

    Thanks for highlighting this issue, Warner. As someone who loves gadgets and who also has (or tries to have) a strong social conscience, I think about issues like this quite a bit. I don’t want to contribute to the problem, yet I find myself standing in line for an iPad on launch day or upgrading my phone when I don’t really need a new one (the trend toward “disposable tech” and its impact on the environment is something I think we should all be more concerned about). I know GBM probably can’t feature too many stories like this one or you’d risk losing readers, but from my perspective it’s good to be reminded once in a while that the tech world is part of a wider world where, too often, money is made on the backs of the most vulnerable.

  3. usb world
    06/28/2010

    I am happy to come here….Thank you for your story…I agree with you..It’s always been a sad commentary on mankind that progress is often made and riches gained at the expense (sometimes brutally) of others less fortunate….Keep on…

  4. Steve N
    06/28/2010

    Thanks Warner for bringing that to my/our attention.

    Steve

  5. Tai-Pan
    06/28/2010

    Warner thanks for brining this to our attention. We will promote the story on our site as well.

    I had no idea this situation existed or the magnitude of the problem. But people do need to be made aware.

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