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date: 17 October 2019

Conflict Minerals (Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability)  

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Conflict minerals are those that are exploited, controlled, or used to finance the purchase of supplies by armed actors in a conflict. Commonly involved minerals include cassiterite and coltan, used in electronics, as well as diamonds and gold. These minerals are rarely the cause of the conflict they “support” but do affect its duration and intensity. Because conflict minerals are bought worldwide, there are international repercussions for economies, natural resources and security, and sustainable resource management on a global scale. ...

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