Tainted Phones

The cobalt fueling every lithium-ion rechargeable battery—from smartphones to laptops—“is not awash in cerulean hues. Instead, it is smeared in misery and blood,” writes Siddharth Kara.
Kara, a Harvard School of Public Health visiting scientist, documented 31 cobalt mining sites in the DRC’s “copper belt,” origin of more than 60% of the world’s supply. She estimates 255,000 local miners toil there—including at least 35,000 children, some as young as 6—in hazardous, putrid conditions for a pittance.
Yet major brands shift responsibility to their Chinese suppliers. “From stone to phone,” Kara writes, they must be accountable.
The Guardian

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