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The rush for cobalt: Investigating the dark side of electric car batteries

FRANCE 24 brings you a special debate about the rush for cobalt, a strategic mineral essential to making electric car batteries. Electric vehicles will help reduce the pollution caused by the internal combustion engine, the current standard for most motorised transport. But as our special full-length Reporters programme shows, the mining of the cobalt necessary for the batteries is already a source of human misery and damage to the environment, particularly in DR Congo. We delve into the issue with our guests, including the co-director of “The Battle for Cobalt”, our documentary about the dark side of the cobalt rush.

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