Today Amnesty international released a report stating children as young as 8 are being used for child labour in the mining of Cobalt.
In the story smartphones tablets and other items are correctly named however considering the noise made about the damage done by coal there was the omission of any reference to solar and wind turbine or Green energy technologies of any kind....
There can be absolutely no dispute that cobalt holds a critical role in the future green energy economy for its use in solar panels and in the blades and magnets for wind turbines and for its use in the rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
The Democratic Republic of Congo contains 50 percent of the world’s cobalt.
I have been complaining about the damage done to the Chinese villagers and to the river systems because of rare earth mining since August of 2012.