The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction

The true face of electric vehicles. I doubt the Tesla drivers are aware that their new fancy toy was built upon death and misery plus untold environmental destruction. Compared to those lithium mines, shale gas exploration looks like untouched nature.

Here’s a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? The answer is lithium – the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars.

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