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It was already known that industrial mining and processing of metals have led to severe environmental pollution in the region. This field study provides novel and robust empirical evidence that the artisanal extraction of cobalt that prevails in the DR Congo may cause toxic harm to vulnerable communities.

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Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo ...

Cobalt is used in rechargeable batteries, and half the world's supply comes from one district in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This study assesses the sustainability of artisanal mining ...

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Mining cobalt better | International Institute for ...

Cobalt is a required metal within the battery technology driving the transition to 'greener' electric vehicles. It also provides an income to 150,000-200,000 artisanal miners and their dependents in impoverished areas of the DRC. However, cobalt mining – both industrial and artisanal – has significant environmental impacts ranging from ...

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Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Cobalt Framework ...

The Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Cobalt ESG Management Framework (hereinafter referred to as ASM Cobalt Framework) is a progressive set of expectations for the responsible sourcing of artisanal and small-scale mined cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has been developed, consulted on, and supported by global cobalt supply chain actors, governments, …

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Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal cobalt extraction ...

artisanal and small-scale mines where independent miners use their own resources to extract the mineral.2 Sourcing cobalt from the DRC is linked to major human rights risks, which have been widely documented. The prevalence of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the cobalt supply chain creates challenges for establishing responsible

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Cobalt - Wikipedia

Cobalt extracted from small Congolese artisanal mining endeavors in 2007 supplied a single Chinese company, Congo DongFang International Mining. A subsidiary of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt, one of the world's largest cobalt producers, Congo DongFang supplied cobalt to some of the world's largest battery manufacturers, who produced batteries for ...

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Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo

The adverse environmental and human impacts of small-scale and artisanal mining have been studied almost exclusively for gold mining, usually with a focus on the use of mercury, 24 but also in relation to lead. 25 Our study is unique in that it concerns cobalt, a critical base metal that is essential for modern technology, most notably ...

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Home: Cobalt, Congo and a mass artisanal mining experiment ...

To resolve cobalt's conflicted dynamics, Congo is embarking on what will be the world's largest mass experiment to try to formalise the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM).

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Artisanal cobalt mining in the DRC: steps already in play

Artisanal cobalt mining in the DRC: steps already in play. By Laura Cornish. May 24, 2021. Never before in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the country's cobalt resources been as attractive as they are right now. The metal is required to feed the electric vehicle (EV) boom, and the 'fight' to secure ...

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The cobalt market, because of its centrality to electric vehicles and consumer goods, has been forced to confront full-on the many problems of artisanal mining.

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Artisanal mining will balance the cobalt market | CRU

Artisanal mining is not uncommon across the wider mining industry and has been widely utilised to great effect in other mining industries such as tin and tantalum. When done correctly, artisanal mining can be an ethical source of low-cost, high-grade cobalt which also puts income directly into the hands of locals with very few alternative ...

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Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo

It was already known that industrial mining and processing of metals have led to severe environmental pollution in the region. This field study provides novel and robust empirical evidence that the artisanal extraction of cobalt that prevails in the DR Congo may cause toxic harm to vulnerable communities.

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Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention. An artisanal miner carries raw ore at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, …

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Modern Slavery: The true cost of cobalt mining

Thousands of artisanal miners dig by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Children, too. They have no industrial tools, no protective clothing, no hard hats, not even facemasks to shield toxic dust or shoes. They are searching for cobalt, the rare-earth metal powering the mobile revolution. Cobalt …

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Artisanal miners could help Congo's state ... - MINING.COM

Gecamines owned artisanal cobalt mining site in the DRC. (Image by Fairphone, Flickr ). Congo's Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) could become the world's fourth-largest cobalt producer …

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