Tracking human rights violations & environmental impacts in lithium batteries supply chains in China, DRC & So. America
This series of stories in the Washington Post found that the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries - the power source for smartphones, laptops and electric cars - is linked to human rights abuses and environmental pollution in cobalt mines in Congo, indigenous communities near lithium deposits in South America, and graphite factories in China. The stories includes responses by several technology, electronics and car companies which use lithium in their batteries, such as Apple, Samsung, LG Chem, Tesla, General Motors, Aperex Technology, Ford, BMW, Amazon and L&F Material.
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