Might as well start numbering these mining news nuggets. In this one: US mines, activism in Ecuador, seabed mining, and *lodes* of reads.
The article suggesting Indonesia could become the second-largest cobalt producer is interesting. While they clearly have a ways to go on labor and the environment, they’re still better than the DRC. It will be interesting to see if the potential US-Indonesia metals free trade agreement has some provisions for protecting them.