Thursday, May 4th, 2017

 

EARTHTALK: Worse Than Fracking? Lithium Extraction For Batteries Hardly A Concern

TweetDear EarthTalk: Is the extraction of lithium for lithium ion batteries really worse for the environment than fracking? —Mitch Newhouse, Oak Park, IL In a world of modern technology, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are hard to escape; they’re in cell phones, laptops, and basically anything else with rechargeable batteries. In fact, the demand for Li-ion batteries rose from zero percent market share in 1991 to 80 percent in 2007, and the European Commission expects the tonnage of lithium used in batteries to double between 2010 and 2020. With no viable alternativesRead More