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matter what you see, how does it will bring you the news and current affairs that matter to you? how does in europe the the democratic republic of congo is the world's greatest producer of cobalt metal, in huge demands the batteries, helping to combat climate change. but there's also mounting evidence that coble mining is poisoning the environment with di, health, consequences for those living in it. shadows we've been to investigate, ah
ah, cables is playing a key role in the battle to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. most of the world's reserves are in d. l. c. an artisan mind those like wednesday extract about one 3rd of the countries output in this way. oh, working underground is dangerous, yet global demand for cobbled is insatiable. for many here it's their sole source of income. but most of the deal seeds, cobalt is mind on an industrial scale. from vast, open pets like this, owned either by the state or by large multinational corporations. and there's a problem because many of these mines are adjacent to towns and villages.
now research is showing that the methods used in such places to produce this mineral could be poisoning the environment with di, health, consequences for the population ah, at university hospital in ca tank as capital leave embassy, mariah and her husband galore have brought their 2 children to see a doctor movie name down on the founder dea by boat, the weather, the man by celebrate one of my for my fun toilet. only with one quantity of his actual figure. i shocks him, and i'm like when i, for my i have to for some of the day will bless my dog. i've been in there
since the, as it is on the sebastian embry moulins. i is a pediatric maxine facial surgeon, who's become a specialist in repairing birth defects, douglas fins years. but i'm thinking girl of many countries. i'm awful nations man, if i'm it is now are coming to see us are the beginning. it was very hard for them because they didn't know where they can go with the child or their children if they are good. wanted with the lawful missions, dish and frontier. my name is elena me. michelin and i need name some of the damage elijah. how much address anymore wash? is she kid lazy? only a y scam. amboy regional back exam. ben, 3 years old and jessica 14 months were both born with clef palate. this is
a birth defect found throughout the world and can be linked to mother's exposure to environmental factors. early on in pregnancy, we were asking some questions to parents. 2 people, one of the, our live to see if we could follow a link between one environmental, fucked up which can be linked to those multiple missions that we are seeing in patients with amber in funding. and of course that daily, jaime went in my case, i will not sell my car. yeah. but even though we found that there were means between mining activities and the class of artificial class, for example. and for that, we found out fathers or modern walking in the money companies
are sometimes $3.00 or 4 times at least to have to blend with auto fossil cliffs. new bought from body shop, fully equal will lie a peak. i love you. the guy who burnett. hey, i will michelin. i don't think we've gone mom with all of them. they've got a similar my pharmacy. i think we can make also, jody vault programs. left pallets and not the only birth defects that are being found in newborn babies. at university clinic, lubin bashi neonatal nurse, nadine and gala is about to start the night shift. she seeing many babies born with such serious malformations that they need emergency surgery. but some of the babies have such serious birth defects. they cannot be saved. and i've where you for can
mean you are are boy, yeah. my phone, my cie, vasquez, my for my say, i mean you in a bag burger now. ingen, they dont in given a shindig keesa. yeah. and whatnot. okay. leah bye bye. let me go now. my fun to liability dunk. my for my shower, up up on the lama. wiggle my mom for my sab. y channa. jamini. said clinicians a seeing spine the before the organs outside the baby's body. a neural tube defects where the brain has failed to develop that. by mean you may gonna talk and mouth wash. she are quite chan. binging on. i took up one lazy being on book. i'm why she called gwinnett goal, or goal wash in mining. always equal was on me. big one are, we are my mindful my seattle dog amazon. come up and i forgot to my biologist for
gun drug. we were and he goes on grandma not to gay. we met at god system in it's awesome. if they've got a birth with going to legal my for mission, the hackney the have to call on us and we'd go there. we fall festival that many families were living near some mining companies of many cases of multiple missions that form were begun. audi sewage ah, not far from the hospital, is the university's department of toxicology, where professor sell esteem panza heads up a small team of research scientists. they've been studying the effects of this mining pollution for over a decade in collaboration with the university of love. and in belgium,
lucille was on page them. i did look him up. there is a fear. the sick when she left one of law is here to confront about eyes you can get on the very problem. but up or up will surely mean kenny smith actually felt malady. he saw dr. on drip. i'm lucky songs in it, but it looks pretty sure as a little lucy ironically, cobalt is essential for human health and it's found in between b 12. yep. it's needed to make red blood cells and for healthy neurological development, it in anything other than minute doses, cobalt and other heavy metals found during the extraction process, a highly toxic and damaging to the human body. a police officer though the parade for my should i say the law somebody should cut anger level. you saw it in it a bad and it pushes the crack. so that for sancho and if you get a saw something,
so it is. so yeah, the pacific bond down at the one month it don't suffolk level below. so adolfo this year they had a few may, will see missouri to do it again. did it that had led me of a secure lab. i should about that up with that. michelle, it belonged to the one mom he to the beth on t v dot c dot sydney, viola. the fiscal law love lot. have a but his office you with a fill up when you show me sheila had left you will they need the money for my song godaddy that the team know this is a complex problem and a continually investigating the multiple causes they're currently working on a new analysis that is about to be published law. they said the gospel graph here, alice on kiss, oily respond via the levine. mercy don't if you listen to the bully. sure.
the siegler tony came, bay is a doctor and toxicologist, and is leading this new research. currently we are working on one design, which is called the incidence of content on mar, formation, the title and needs these. i know we map different mining in global bashing to see if they are flaws and for thorn where we are both be door where we men are going to deliver. you want what the scientist finding from the data is that in loop and bashi, the proportion of babies born with birth defects is higher in the 5 health zones. the red areas that contain mines and smelters than in how phones with no mining activities. the green areas
the team must collect samples of vegetation, soil, and water to test for toxic metals. and they're on their way to residential areas close to mines, processing plants, and smelters. when tables is mind here, 2 processes are used. pyro metallurgy, using heat which produces smoke and hydro metallurgy, using liquids causing waste products which is stored in large tanks. it's these processes that the scientists believe may be at the heart of the problem. we know that if we have mining activity like i draw mythology, it's mean that the use i said to produce or to get mentors and is what the remaining, what can be used in the system that we could bridge the eggs for the population when they sprayed these acid,
these dope c substance in the bar window of the population. when we update the rain, the open, the day, and this substance toxic substance are sprained to warm it. and this population are living in the vicinity of this might complain. or for these exposure, lazy for young resorted year to keep again, my daughter except for the nigger. crystal vase on the left here della chief sandra de la la. shut them with the sun de la bruise from yesterday, said the mfc, it got my bag, then they called or done it again. night jungling. a man made lake located between the 2 largest mining towns of this region
. it's the unesco to car buys. it was a koya is a professor of public health and wanted to find out if some of the areas of this lake been affected by mining pollution from the rivers that feed into this basin. took up a whole book with a lot fiduciary luck. with that it was all so rotten dolls. i ship it little fish, immune year. buick. them all dark. maybe yay. that they think girl boca biddy b for boy. you eat in the region where most people live on just less than
$2.00 a day. fish. the best, the most affordable source of protein is relied on as a staple. professor koya collected fish from 4 different areas to be tested. zenato, a song, the some santa de las fisher air i've been, this is shar from entre examine me. of own of what the lo, real mock with us from stop see, i figure the possible saudi and mark want them, you know, some stuff to pick a surgeon sebastian them to a mrs. i is going to operate on ben and jessica to day to repair the cleft pallets
defaulted. might have been with for this month for mission and not fitting with. sometimes what fitting foods are coming out from knows it miss. they are not growing wet. are though one and a half or 2 years old, why they began speaking? they're not speak very well because they're bennett, especially the soft palate is opened and their muscle are separate. that's why there are some sounds which cannot be very well. well now the amount for missions were similar, but the boy were older of eclipse, of the heart and the soft, but by the go as the glass on it of the soft palate. and for
this, we did 2 different procedures, namely shown. and then when epa barbell i feel that enough, if i mean i dumb, fly me to a bath in melbourne and when i meet the team collecting vegetables that the local population eat, they will be tested for the presence of a range of heavy metals, including cobalt manganese and zinc, all of which are toxic in anything but very low doses to the human body. this is the area where more i used to live. the family were living or the being of the pregnancy in the jamaica, my tal. it's in a little embassy commune. budget of mine, it's near one company which is called stirred. and we're, we have got small and this is smoke with scanning for minute companies can also
have some toxic components inside. and it can be mean to order a fashion formation of thought or husband working in a mind and jump on while she was pregnant. it means many fuck those environmental factors which were linked and which was making very high believe of everything to tell me all of us on multiple mission but for mariah and her husband gala. they were completely unaware of any of these risks they to me in the new for but it should really, mom will literate. and gala learn more than i'm on my chair. please give me one or 4 mom, mom,
mom. i check me. she was going i was the professor koya published the results of his research into fish from lake jangle lately and the rivers that feed into the basin in the scientific journal in 2016 at craig. i'm at the equal the possible to very it isn't that she's on the go said in the life generally. that isn't really good. he lip us all. so content, me. i knew it. i knew it among. i mean it got a moth lip. i saw smoke on time, you may start to divest denique, the among men. look about l a. last long summer and i saw a quote. i mean i knew the young vicar,
you know a mid the yes you it see that? yes sir la folk are babbler. the approval of the month of the month for my song was indeed that your firm would shoot it, but it struck sample sunday da dando got down, go, don't put me on this. you mean the bad, the fit and use in mythology role? ah, professor panza and sebastian and emissions, i also wanted to investigate fish. what was up on them? it was okie dokie to listen for the gen 3 mean? yeah, it was of course i was also to special mom what i mean back and limited
toxic de la lily is going to be large of us on the plus saw. he saw she caught them in the middle, took me mariah, ate the fish when she was pregnant with both ben and jessica. we found that people were hitting the efficient. we mean other to the 1st month of pregnancy, the then time up to 70 time as it is to have children with congenital mindfulness. don't work with o. ben and jessica are ready to go home. ah. what one day they need therapy to assist in their full recovery. but at present
there's no speech and language therapist in lubin bashi ah, that has been mining in this region for more than a century. yes, in the past decade. health problems including birth defects, of being found to be linked to areas affected by mining pollution. fabian miami is working to hold the mining companies to account and to improve their practices. it's clear about $4.00 to $4.00 to be done, but in practice, many companies are not meeting the goal requirement on this out of the government. i can say official oral technical services do not have sufficient means in terms of materials on how it can conduct a fin inspections. why don't we find out so he needs
a port routed. you will need to have good level activities. so that from so he said he gave it challenged toward the us government. we asked the d. r. c, ministry of mines and the chamber of mines, the industries trade body to comment on some of the issues raised by this film. what more should they be doing to address the problems caused by cobalt mining? neither chose to respond. nor did any of the mining companies. we approached for a comment since the 1st study, professor panza and his team have found an increase in the incidence of babies born with cleft lip from pallets, which may well be linked to the increase of mining activities in this region. all. nevertheless, they believe that our solutions and this one is only presented for sama
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you can see there's a rust colored tinge to it, tests by the fisheries department, show the l. he in the gutting river is of the alexandria species which produces toxins. ra, sleep in a bro, him is a fisherman from malicious don't, but district in collect that. in the 19 ninety's, the giddy river was clear. you could say the said we didn't have any problems here . now the river is polluted and it smells bad. fisheries officials have issued notices, banning people from selling or eating malice, found along the getting river. the area affected by the red tide is small, but news of the algae bloom has affected seafood trade is in the area. ah selfless act of human bravery and $10000.00 precious pieces of literature, rescued from being burnt to ashes in a besieged cerebral ah g 0 world meets the bozeman women and
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