New Tesla batteries likely have small amounts of illegal cobalt

Enlarge / A creuseur, or digger, descends into a copper and cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo on June 8, 2016. Cobalt is used in the batteries for electric cars and mobile phones. Working conditions are dangerous, often with no safety equipment or structural support for the tunnels. The diggers say they are paid on average US$2-3/day. (credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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