Stakes are high mining for tech minerals

Glencore's Collahuasi copper operation in Chile

Not all miners are betting on cobalt and lithium as winners in the technological age – others favour copper, nickel, zinc and palladium

Descending into conflict: tech minerals finance war

Mining employee, or creuseur, descends into a copper-cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conditions are dangerous with little to no safety equipment or structural support in the tunnels; they are paid on average $2 to $3 a day

The technology we now take for granted relies on minerals which may have been mined in conflict zones where the trade finances war and oppression