As electric vehicles take off, we'll need to recycle their batteries

Electric car batteries contain critical minerals like cobalt and lithium. We'll need to recycle them unless we want to keep mining the earth for new ones.

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Could these ultra-low-cost batteries be the lithium-free energy storage to power the renewable grid?

Noon Energy is building a rechargeable battery using cheap materials that it says will provide 100 hours of power.

Move to net-zero 'inevitably means more mining'

The public will need to accept greater mining activity if the world is to meet the challenge of going green.

Nick Martin: Lithium mining for electric vehicles shouldn’t trample Indigenous rights

Rhetoric about American energy independence has long been used to trample Indigenous rights. The new era of renewables should be different.

Toxic and radioactive: The damage from mining rare elements

Low wages, water shortage and acidified landscapes: Mining critical raw materials endangers human rights and the environment. Yet the industry is expanding.

Will the race for electric vehicles endanger the Earth's most sensitive ecosystem?

Materials needed to make the batteries for electric cars and other clean technology is driving interest in deep-seabed mining, and scientists fear the cost to the ocean will be steep.

Booming electric-vehicle demand supercharges lithium prices

Lithium prices are surging, marking a sharp turnaround and sparking concerns about limited supplies of the battery metal that is crucial to the electric-vehicle boom.

Nevada lawsuit cites EPA, state concerns about lithium mine

Another federal lawsuit challenging the construction of a huge Nevada lithium mine approved in the final days of the Trump administration says the U.S. EPA and state wildlife officials repeatedly warned the plans don't comply with laws protecting water and wildlife near the Oregon line.

How green are electric vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

Will California’s desert be transformed into Lithium Valley?

On the edge of the Salton Sea, state officials and investors are seeking to turn brine into 'white gold' that can power electric cars. But will this help solve the Imperial Valley's troubles - or add to them?

This startup turns hills into giant batteries

You don’t need a lot of lithium when you have gravity.
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Four companies leading the rise of lithium & battery technology

The four companies highlighted here represent key aspects of the growing and evolving lithium and battery technology ecosystem

Biden’s climate day confronts a tricky question: What should we do about mining?

As the new president broke from the old on climate issues, his nominee for energy secretary revealed one potential area of continuity.

How the road to renewables runs through mining

Policymakers in the U.S., Canada and Europe are scrambling to secure critical minerals to develop cleaner energy.
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