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Electric Vehicle Expansion Threatens Africa’s Great Apes

Electric Vehicles and Africa's Great Apes

by Motoni Olodun

The growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide is inadvertently imperiling the survival of Africa’s great apes, a recent study reveals.

Driven by the global push for cleaner transportation options, the demand for EVs has skyrocketed, leading to an increased need for minerals like cobalt, lithium, and nickel, crucial components of EV batteries.

Unfortunately, many of these minerals are concentrated in regions inhabited by Africa’s great apes, such as chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. Consequently, mining activities in these areas are resulting in habitat destruction, fragmentation, and heightened human-wildlife conflicts.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a significant cobalt producer, is a prime example. Cobalt mining in the DRC has been linked to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and encroachment into ape habitats.

Moreover, the expansion of mining infrastructure like roads and railways is further fragmenting ape habitats, isolating populations, and rendering them more susceptible to extinction.

Conservationists stress the urgent need for regulatory measures to mitigate the environmental impact of mining operations in ape habitats. They also advocate for the EV industry to prioritize ethical sourcing practices and increase the use of recycled materials in battery production.

Protecting Africa’s great apes is vital not only for biodiversity conservation but also for maintaining ecosystem balance and supporting local communities. These primates play a crucial role in seed dispersal, forest regeneration, and ecotourism, contributing significantly to both the environment and the economy.

As the world transitions to greener transportation alternatives, it is imperative to consider the broader environmental ramifications of EV production and integrate conservation efforts into sustainable development initiatives.

Source: mns

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