Building North America's Next Primary Cobalt Mine

October 19, 2016

The tragedy inside your smartphone

The world's soaring demand for cobalt is at times met by workers, including children, who labour in harsh and dangerous conditions. An estimated 100,000 cobalt miners in the Congo use hand tools to dig hundreds of metres underground with little oversight and few safety measures, according to workers, government officials and evidence found by The Washington Post during visits to remote mines. Deaths and injuries are common. And the mining activity exposes local communities to levels of toxic metals that appear to be linked to ailments that include breathing problems and birth defects, health officials say.

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