Lithium mining has become a boom industry as more and more of the metal is needed in electric car batteries but despite being lauded as a key material for a renewables revolution it too has a dark side. Blamed for speeding up desertification around the salt lakes of Latin America’s ‘lithium triangle’, the evaporation techniques used are causing concern. So does lithium have a water problem, and if so, what is being done?
Also in this issue, we find out about the World Economic Forum's Deep-Sea Minerals Dialogue, take a virtual ridealong with ArcelorMittal's mine blasts team, and look at the evolution of Anglo American's mining business in South Africa.
Plus, we delve into Brazil's big mineral exploration push, explore a report on boardroom diversity at mining companies, speak to scientists from the University of Edinburgh about new space mining techniques, and learn more about mining in Angola.
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