Children mining cobalt in slave-like conditions as global demand for battery material surges

Posted in: Miscellaneous at 26/07/2018 14:50

If you have not spared a thought for cobalt since high school science, then it might be time.

It is having a boom, and the modern world is increasingly reliant on it — using it to stabilise batteries in phones, computers and electric cars; in fact, it is probably in the device you are using right now.

But there is a catch.

Cobalt is mined in a string of countries around the world including Australia, but most of the world's supply comes from just one country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — a nation with a long record of poorly-enforced labour standards and child exploitation.

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