Can You Trace Your iPhone Battery?

There’s a troubling origin story behind the cobalt-based batteries powering our beloved smartphones.
 
Skyrocketing demand for the mineral endangers the workers at its main source. The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to 60% of the world’s cobalt.
 
100,000 miners there dig deep into the ground by hand for it, fueling an industry rife with exploitation and deadly health risks for workers.
 
Apple conceded that 20% of its cobalt comes from Congo’s dangerously-unregulated mines via a Chinese supplier. While some electronics companies like Samsung are curbing relations with Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt, most fail to track their cobalt sources.

The Washington Post

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