The Double-Edged Sword of Lithium Mining’s Sustainability in South America


With lithium-ion batteries powering electric cars, lithium mining is likely to be a high-demand industry in the coming years.  Much of the world’s lithium is found in the Lithium Triangle in Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia.  While at face value mining in the Lithium Triangle may be a good economic opportunity to power a more environmentally friendly means of transportation, the impact that it has on the environment and local communities raises the question of how sustainable it really is.


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