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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

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2018-01-16 Smartphone

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...

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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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2017-11-17 Fishing

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Marine parasites known as sea lice are threatening the world's salmon supply. Today we eat three times more of the high-protein fish than in the 1980s, but the proliferation of...

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