New words – 2 January 2012

conflict minerals plural noun minerals mined in areas where there is conflict. Profits from the sale of minerals go to fund further fighting.

These questions were raised by the women’s blog after Save the Congo launched the video Unwatchable to raise awareness about the use of conflict minerals in mobile phones.
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 30 Sept 2011]

legacy waste noun a waste material that will endure because it cannot be re-used

In order for waste not to become legacy waste the original product needs to be redesigned so that it can be recovered and reused.
[ 25 Sept 2011]

cleantech adjective involving clean technology

Cleantech jobs outpace economy
[ (San Francisco Business Times website) 15 July 2011]

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