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Biden’s EV agenda hits mining world’s boom-and-bust cycle

With a dramatic decline in lithium prices over the last year, companies are putting projects on hold, even as the Biden administration is trying to juice domestic mining and processing sector for critical minerals.

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Environmental and human rights concerns arise from Chinese-backed nickel mining in Indonesia

A report highlights severe environmental and Indigenous rights violations by a Chinese-backed nickel industrial project in Indonesia, escalating tensions in the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain.

Resty Woro Yuniar reports for South China Morning Post.

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Report outlines cost of Indonesia’s EV dream as Chinese-funded nickel plants linked to pollution, ‘land grabbing’

A report has accused a Chinese-funded industrial estate of causing ‘significant’ environmental destruction and violating the rights of indigenous people.
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Swiss mining firm backs court's land rights decision in Guatemala

The Switzerland-based Solway Investment Group supports a recent court ruling that mandates Guatemala to acknowledge the property rights of an Indigenous community.

— Christopher Sherman reports for AP News.

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U.S. plan calls for EV battery plants in Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia

An agreement for EV battery plants would help African nations process their raw materials instead of richer nations getting the benefits.
Autoworkers prepare to strike over EV transition

Autoworkers prepare to strike for a place in the EV future

Some 150,000 US autoworkers are poised to strike this week for better pay. Their union is pushing auto giants to ensure that green jobs won’t be worse jobs.
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Inside Manitoba parks, companies are racing to mine critical minerals

Less than a quarter of Manitoba’s parks are protected from industry. As companies race to dig up minerals deemed critical to a low-carbon economy, exploration for new mines is ramping up in provincial parks.