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Impoverished people are risking their lives for your smartphone batteries

Tech giants like Intel and Apple have made some serious progress to end their dependence on "conflict minerals" (tungsten, tin, tantalum, and gold) from mines controlled by the warlords of the Congo, where the workers are often prisoners. Unfortunately, the mines in the region that produce another important mineral, cobalt, have not fared so well. Cobalt is a mineral used in the lithium batteries that power everything from smartphones to electric cars.
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