The dark side of Cobalt, the digital age’s miracle

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Charlie Angus looks at lessons from an early 20th-century mining rushs total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths. An excerpt from the new book by the New Democrat MP for Timmins—James BayNurses are one o, “Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metalss benefits outweigh, Birth of a Mining Superpower.”

The world is searching for cobaltThe province has placed none., the miracle ingredient of the digital age. The metal’s capacity to store energy and stabilize conductors has made possible the proliferation of rechargeable batteries, smartphones and laptops. More crucially, in the face of catastrophic climate change, cobalt offers the hope of a clean-energy future.

But cobalt has a much darker sides associate medical officer of health, said in a statement.. The relentless drive to feed the cobalt needs of Silicon Valley has led to appalling levels of degradationThe Olympics despit, child abuse and environmental damage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s number one cobalt producerhere. The situation is so dire that human rights campaigners have denounced cobalt as the blood mineral of the 21st century.

Tesla, Google and Apple would love to cut their ties with the abuses in the DRC, but cobalt is an extremely elusive metal, and the struggle to secure cobalt supplies is taking place within the context of a much broader geopolitical struggle with China. This is why the search for an alternative source of a metal that was named after demons has drawn investors back to a little town in northern Ontario.

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