Der Wilde Westen des Elektronikmülls

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Eine Feinunze Gold (31 Gramm) kostet auf dem freien Markt zurzeit ca. 1,50 Dollar, das gleiche Gewicht Platin 1,450 Dollar. Hohe Preise sorgen für mehr Förderung, aber sie decken bei Weitem nicht die Kosten für die menschliche Gesundheit – und für die Erde selber.

In der chinesischen Provinz Henan z. B. leiden tausende Kinder an Bleivergiftung, weil sie in der Nähe einer Anlage leben, die von Henan Yuguang Gold ampamp; Lead betrieben wird, einem der größten Förderunternehmen der Welt.

Aber hohe Preise ermutigen auch viele Menschen, Edelmetalle aus bereits existierenden Produkten zu gewinnen – wobei sie sich und andere sehr gefährden. Die Weltbevölkerung wirft nämlich pro Tonne Mobiltelefone, die in Mülldeponien landen oder verbrannt werden, fast zehn Unzen Gold und fünf Unzen Platin weg.

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