Lithium Mining

This graphic was posted to Mastodon, I am sharing here as it demonstrates a really good point.

Lithium Mining

While the pipeline is probably going to be oil or gas, the so called green alternatives seems to have a huge environmental impact.

Before lockdown in 2020 I was planning a STEM activity around this topic, or more specifically the effect of Lithium mining on local groundwater, and how this takes groundwater away from farmers etc.

There is a video about the Extraction process on youtube.

More info on Lithium here from compound chem


So compared to Oil / Gas, using lithium to power cars does not release gasses such as $CO2$, $NO2$ and $CO$ so the batteries are cleaner, but are they cleaner if you look at the whole lifecycle of the battery from getting the raw materials ?