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Latest update : 2018-01-19

How ethical is your smartphone?

In the last decade, more than seven billion smartphones of all makes have been produced in the world, almost as many people as there are on the planet. On average we upgrade our smartphone every two years and this replacement frenzy is often encouraged by the companies themselves. Critics call it a "Take, Make, Waste" model: extracting resources from the earth, transforming them through energy-intensive processes and discarding the product after a short lifespan.

This model is also taking a toll on those who make our devices, as the precious raw materials found in a smartphone can be the cause of armed conflict. So how does one make a phone with minimal harm to people and the planet? Dutch company Fairphone says it has found the answer. We ask its CEO what makes their phone the fairest smartphone of them all.

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Gaëlle ESSOO , Valérie DEKIMPE

Archives

2018-02-16 aviation

Is the aviation industry free-riding on climate change efforts?

In the fight against climate change, more and more sectors are hopping on board the global movement to protect the planet. But one industry is an exception to the rule: the...

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2018-01-30 Bitcoin

Could Bitcoin cost us our clean energy future?

Gone are the days when it was just a currency for geeks. 2017 was without a doubt the year of the ubiquitous Bitcoin. In the past year, investors have flocked to the highly...

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2017-12-15 Natural disaster

Was 2017 the worst year for the environment?

Floods, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires: 2017 stood out for both the number and intensity of extreme weather events. But were the last twelve months more catastrophic for the...

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2017-12-01 Fossil fuels

Oil industry: Is green the new black?

The world will pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2017 than in any other year in recorded history. With doomsday scenarios on the horizon, there's growing pressure...

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