Bolivia

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

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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.

Bolivian Interim President Uses Pandemic for Power Grab

July 21, 2020
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In Bolivia, the spread of COVID-19 has not only pressured the weak health infrastructure of the country but also questioned the stability of the democracy. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on July 6, 2020, 41,541 people in Bolivia had contracted COVID-19 at that point. Of those who had contracted the disease, 27,617 were active, 12,389 had recovered, and 1,530 had died (Ministerio de Salud, 2020).

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