Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push

Dangerous mining conditions plague Congo, home to the world’s largest supply of cobalt, a key ingredient in electric cars. A leadership battle threatens reforms.

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The Debate Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Is Is Ridiculous

Both snarled traffic and a morning without a home health aide can make you late for work.

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Limit Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

Six citizens of Mali sued Nestlé USA and Cargill, saying the firms had profited from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

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The Rise of Child Labor in the Coronavirus Pandemic

With schools closed and families desperate for income, millions of children are being forced into work that is often dangerous, arduous and illegal.

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As Covid-19 Closes Schools, the World’s Children Go to Work

Former students are taking illegal and often dangerous jobs in India and other developing countries, potentially rolling back years of progress in social mobility and public health.

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