The Congo Is Set to Butt Heads With Mining Firms Over Cobalt


For parents in much of the world, the beginning of December is a harbinger for the scramble to secure the year’s hottest game or electronic gadget ahead of the holidays.

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And as battery technology continues to improve and costs decline, it has touched off another scramble of its own, as the manufacturers of batteries for everything from smartphones to electric vehicles chase after raw materials like cobalt, an invaluable component in such objects.

Elem 8hRight at the center of this frenzy is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which holds roughly 50 percent of the world’s cobalt reserves.

But with President…

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