The Necessary Usage Of Cobalt In The Congo

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The use of Cobalt, a rare Earth metal, in today's technology has created vast problems among the areas in which it is mined. 60% of the cobalt on Earth is mined from the Congo locate in Africa; however, the Congo is a very impoverished and corrupt country. Many of the miners, including children, are forced to work long hours, and in very dangerous environments without the necessary protection. Cobalt, an essential piece of technology used to charge lithium batteries, allows for devices to become smaller and smaller, thus important for this era of technology. For example, the average car has between 10-20 pounds of cobalt; whereas a smart phone contains 5-10 grams. Since the discovery of child labors and unsafe work conditions in the congo,
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