The environmental impact of cobalt mining The Washington

Feb 28, 2018 Photojournalist Lena Mucha photographs the environmental and health impact of cobalt mining in the Congo.

The toll of the cobalt mining industry on health and the

Mar 06, 2018 More than half of the world's supply of cobalt comes from the DRC, and 20 percent of that is mined by hand, according to Darton Commodities Ltd.,

Social impacts of artisanal cobalt mining in Katanga

Social impacts of artisanal cobalt mining in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo 1 Executive summary The Demorati Repuli of ongo is the worlds leading produer of oalt, a ommodity of whih the demand has tripled during the last decade. In 2010, cobalt from Katanga Provice ensured half of the global cobalt primary production.

Life cycle assessment of cobalt extraction process

Aug 01, 2019 The life cycle assessment of the cobalt extraction route is carried out. •. Blasting and electricity consumption in cobalt mining is damaging to the environment. •. Eutrophication and global warming are the most affected impact categories. •. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission are highest from cobalt mining.

Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Oct 29, 2020 More than 70 percent of the world’s cobalt is produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and 15 to 30 percent of the Congolese cobalt is produced by artisanal and small-scale mining

Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Oct 29, 2020 More than 70 percent of the world’s cobalt is produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and 15 to 30 percent of the Congolese cobalt is produced by artisanal and small-scale mining

Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo

The sustainability of cobalt is an important emerging issue because this critical base metal is an essential component of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. More than half the world's cobalt mine production comes from the Katanga Copperbelt in DR

Hidden costs of cobalt mining in DR Congo -- ScienceDaily

Sep 20, 2018 Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable: their urine and blood samples contain

Cobalt mining in the DRC: the dark side of a clean future

Yanick Kalumbu Tshiwengu, a former child miner from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is lucky to be alive. When he was just 11 years old, Yanick went to Kolwezi to mine cobalt. Every day he descended several metres underground into makeshift tunnels and perilous shafts dug out by the miners, never knowing if he would see daylight and his family again.

How the race for cobalt risks turning it from miracle

Dec 18, 2019 It is a similar story at Madagascar’s biggest foreign investment project the $8bn (£5.9bn) Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mining complex near Toamasina, which has been blamed for air and water

The Transition to Green Energy Has Dirty Side Effects for

Jun 18, 2020 A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 23, 2016. JUNIOR KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images June 18, 2020, 11:01 AM

Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining MIT News

Dec 05, 2019 Currently, nickel and cobalt are extracted through land-based mining operations. Much of this mining occurs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which produces 60 percent of the world’s cobalt. These land-based mines often impact surrounding environments through the destruction of habitats, erosion, and soil and water contamination.

Cobalt mining for lithium ion batteries has a high human

Sep 30, 2016 The cobalt that is extracted is sold to a Chinese company, Congo DongFang Mining. A man pushes a bicycle laden with charcoal, which is used for cooking and heating, past Musompo, a mineral market

Toxic and radioactive: The damage from mining rare

Apr 13, 2021 Mining in Brazil: Replacing nature, people, land rights Beyond the direct health and environmental impact of mining toxic substances, quarrying critical raw materials destroys livelihoods, as

Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) The Impact Facility

The FCA drives the development of fair cobalt by supporting the professionalisation of ASM site management, ensuring an uptake of responsible mining practices and channelling financial investment into mine improvements, with the goal of making mines safer, minimising environmental impact and creating decent working conditions for men and women working at

Appendix 2: Environmental and Social Impacts of Mining

The key direct impact of mining on forest ecosystems is the removal of vegetation and canopy cover. Indirect impacts include road-building and pipeline development, which may result in habitat fragmentation and increased access to remote areas. While larger intact forest ecosystems may withstand the impacts of mining and oil development,

The dirty secret of electric vehicles World Economic Forum

May 12, 2021 China is the world’s largest electric car market, accounting for 1.2 million 56% of all electric vehicles sold in 2018. China also accounts for 99% of sales of electric trucks, buses, motorcycles and scooters. The US came a distant second with 361,000 new electric cars sold in 2018, almost half of which were the new Tesla 3 model.

Reducing the health risks of the copper, rare earth and

health and environmental burdens and impacts of the extraction and refining of selected metals (copper, rare earth elements and cobalt) and how impacts can be reduced through the transition to a circular, low-carbon economy. Performance in the global industry is extremely variable. Some businesses operate to high

Cobalt is critical to the renewable energy transition. How

May 14, 2020 Another avenue being explored to reduce adverse impacts of cobalt extraction is improved recycling, which would reduce the need for mining in the first place. In February 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy invested in a pilot plant called the ReCell Center to explore cost-effective ways to reclaim the lithium and cobalt from lithium ion batteries.

Cobalt mining in the DRC: the dark side of a clean future

Yanick Kalumbu Tshiwengu, a former child miner from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is lucky to be alive. When he was just 11 years old, Yanick went to Kolwezi to mine cobalt. Every day he descended several metres underground

Cobalt Mining Legacy

There is still work to be done to further protect the environment from the impacts of mining activity, but as these resources indicate, there is a great deal that can be done, and is being done, the limit the impacts of mining on the environment, and prevent the type of environmental legacy that was left behind in Cobalt.

Reducing the health risks of the copper, rare earth and

health and environmental burdens and impacts of the extraction and refining of selected metals (copper, rare earth elements and cobalt) and how impacts can be reduced through the transition to a circular, low-carbon economy. Performance in the global industry is extremely variable. Some businesses operate to high

Scientists reveal the hidden costs of cobalt mining in DR

Sep 21, 2018 More information: Célestin Banza Lubaba Nkulu et al, Sustainability of artisanal mining of cobalt in DR Congo, Nature Sustainability (2018).DOI: 10.1038/s41893-018-0139-4

Cobalt mining for lithium ion batteries has a high human

Sep 30, 2016 The cobalt that is extracted is sold to a Chinese company, Congo DongFang Mining. A man pushes a bicycle laden with charcoal, which is used for cooking and heating, past Musompo, a mineral market

Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) The Impact Facility

The FCA drives the development of fair cobalt by supporting the professionalisation of ASM site management, ensuring an uptake of responsible mining practices and channelling financial investment into mine improvements, with the goal of making mines safer, minimising environmental impact and creating decent working conditions for men and women working at

Cobalt is critical to the renewable energy transition. How

May 14, 2020 Another avenue being explored to reduce adverse impacts of cobalt extraction is improved recycling, which would reduce the need for mining in the first place. In February 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy invested in a pilot plant called the ReCell Center to explore cost-effective ways to reclaim the lithium and cobalt from lithium ion batteries.

Deep-sea minerals could meet the demands of MINING.COM

Jul 31, 2020 The mining of any material can give rise to complex environmental and social impacts. Cobalt, however, has attracted particular attention in recent years over concerns of unsafe working conditions

The dirty secret of electric vehicles World Economic Forum

May 12, 2021 China is the world’s largest electric car market, accounting for 1.2 million 56% of all electric vehicles sold in 2018. China also accounts for 99% of sales of electric trucks, buses, motorcycles and scooters. The US came a distant second with 361,000 new electric cars sold in 2018, almost half of which were the new Tesla 3 model.

How Canada's Mining Sector Impacts the Economy

Aug 13, 2018 A mining company’s past projects and funding strength are interlinked, and can provide clues as to its potential success. A good track record can provide better opportunities to raise capital, but the company must still ensure it times its financing with the market, protects its shareholders, and demonstrates value creation from the funding it receives.

Assessing impacts of responsible sourcing initiatives for

Impacts of two initiatives on cobalt artisanal mining in the DRC are assessed against responsible sourcing and sustainability standards. • The initiatives have positive impacts, e.g. in terms of child labour reduction and improved occupational safety.

What impact on the environment does mining cobalt have? by

May 20, 2015 None of these things existed when the mining took place in Cobalt. Mining activities can affect the environment in many ways. Some of the most significant effects of mining are water pollution caused by waste water from mines. Water pollution from mining can affect fish and other plants and animals that live in the lakes and streams near mines

Producing batteries for green technology harms the

May 11, 2021 Consider dust, fumes, wastewater and other environmental impacts from cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; water shortages and toxic spills from lithium mining in Latin America, which can alter ecosystems and hurt local communities; a heavily polluted river due to nickel mining in Russia; or air pollution in northeastern China

Deep-Sea Mining: How to Balance Need for Metals with

Aug 31, 2020 He points to sometimes deadly health impacts on workers and to child-labor violations, both of which are often associated with terrestrial mining of minerals such as cobalt. With deep-sea mining