Friday, September 30, 2016

Bad karma for US tech manufacturers and consumers: Cobalt mining in Congo, possible child labor

Here’s another big story illustrating our possible bad karma.  It seems that we depend on near slave labor (possibly child labor) in the Congo for the cobalt in many of our batteries and laptops.  The heavily illustrated story bt Todd Frankel in the Washington Post is here.  The story begins with a video of a miner descending into darkness, “This Is Where Mobile Technology Begins”.

We also depend on China for rare earth metals used in tech but car companies are trying to break free from this.  Donald Trump would approve.

Wikipedia attribution link for Congo family picture by Julien Harneis, CCSA 2.0

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