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(Natural News) The recent push toward clean energy and transportation has driven up demand for electric vehicles and the batteries that power them. Lithium is an important element in the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries, and the Atacama salt flat in Chile holds most of the world’s lithium reserves. However, extracting this element from the salt flat comes with a huge price – as a professor has claimed.
A civil lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Washington DC against Apple, Google’s parent company Alphabet, Tesla, Microsoft, and Dell. They are accused of exploiting child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).