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More than 40 million people work in artisanal mining

A lot of that cobalt is used for electric vehicle batteries

A lot of that cobalt is used for electric vehicle batteries.

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Britain looks to its centuries-old mines for EV future

Part of a global resurgence in mining to find metals for batteries

Britain is returning to ancient mines on its southwestern tip to secure a slice of the global electric car revolution. The English county of Cornwall and the surrounding area boast one of the world's largest tin deposits.

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Child cobalt miners: Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for EVs

'Drive Sustainability' alliance to invest in ethical mining of cobalt, graphite and lithium.

Partners include BMW, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Volvo, Ford, Honda and Toyota.

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World's largest miner BHP says 2017 is 'tipping point' for EV boom

And copper production may have trouble keeping up.

And copper production may have trouble keeping up.

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Mike Ryan drifts a 200,000-pound dump truck

Some vehicles are better suited for drifting than others. Light weight, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission make for a good hoonage platform, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get an all-wheel drive, automatic family sedan like, say, my mom's Passat into a four-wheel drift (which this writer definitely did not attempt back in college). But what about a 200,000-pound dump truck built for mining? That's what one tech company set out

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Three rare earth mines in China to halt extraction by year's end

Government officials in China have reportedly ordered three rare earth mines to halt extraction by year's end. According to Xinhua, Jiangxi, a province in southern China, has reportedly issued a notice to three of its eight major rare earth-producing counties ordering the halt, says Li Guoqing, director of the mining management bureau in Ganzhou, China.

Secret, horizontal lithium mines being dug in Canada

There is a general consensus that the world's lithium supplies are quite plentiful, with the metal found in Argentina, Bolivia and Russia, to name just a few places. But that doesn'

California mine may benefit from Chinese rare earth metal "hoarding"

China's decision to begin hoarding using it's rare earth metal resources to bolster productivity in Mongolia may have Toyota bracing itself (and makin

Bollor courts Evo Morales and Bolivia's lithium

French industry giant Group Bolloré, which we're familar with for their involvement with Pininfarina in a handful of interesting electric car projects, announced it has contacted B