Outside/In
Outside/In

The Lithium Gold Rush

44:30 | Sep 10th, 2020

3 recommendations

In one version of a sustainable, carbon-neutral future, the world’s cars will transition from fossil fuels to electricity. Right now that vision absolutely depends on lithium, a primary component of t...Show More


Recommendations

mo-to recommended:Apr 7th

With the push toward renewable and eco-friendly energy, there may be a downfall, particularly with lithium batteries that even environmental organizations aren’t talking about. The standard way of mining lithium requires chemicals to extract it and digging into the earth, creating collateral damage ...Show More

I thought this episode was:

💬 A great conversation
💛 Honest
💡 Educational
🧐 Intriguing
🕵️‍ Well-researched
📝 Well-written

mm recommended:Mar 25th

To decrease carbon emissions, we must rely more on batteries. But to create batteries, we must mine lithium, which has its own environment and social justice challenges. Which is the lesser evil or is this a trade off we have to make?

I thought this episode was:

💀 Scary
🤔 Thought-provoking
🕵️‍ Well-researched

epekilis recommended:Mar 16th

Until new science is developed, the best available technology necessary to implement renewable energy requires lithium batteries. Lithium extraction comes with all the inescapable environmental, geopolitical and social justice trade-offs of mining. The technologies to reduce impact are still many ...Show More

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational
🤓 Insightful
🤔 Thought-provoking
🕵️‍ Well-researched