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Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People

by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zúñiga Silva The Atacama salt flat in northern Chile, which stretches 1,200 square miles, is the largest source of lithium in the world. We are standing on a bluff, looking over la gran fosa, the great pit that sits at the southern end of the flat, which is shielded from public view. It is where the[Read More…]

by 30/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Serbia Stomps on Rio Tinto’s Lithium Mining Project

Serbia Stomps on Rio Tinto’s Lithium Mining Project

On the face of it, there seems to be little in the way of connection between the treatment of Novak Djokovic by Australian authorities and the cooling of the Serbian government towards Rio Tinto.  The Anglo-Australian mining giant was confident that it would, at least eventually, win out in gaining the permissions to commence work on its US$2.4 billion lithium-borates[Read More…]

by 27/01/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Where We Mine: Resource Politics in Latin America

Where We Mine: Resource Politics in Latin America

As the drive to expand renewable energy capacity speeds up, there is a rush for lithium and other materials around the world. What will the expansion of rare earth mining in Latin America mean for the indigenous communities and workers who have historically borne the harms of extractivism? Thea Riofrancos, author of Resource Radicals (Duke University Press, 2020), explains how the energy[Read More…]

by 04/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Will There Be Resource Wars in a Renewable Future?

Will There Be Resource Wars in a Renewable Future?

Thanks to its very name — renewable energy — we can picture a time in the not-too-distant future when our need for non-renewable fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal will vanish. Indeed, the Biden administration has announced a breakthrough target of 2035 for fully eliminating U.S. reliance on those non-renewable fuels for the generation of electricity. That would be accomplished by[Read More…]

by 20/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Resource Crisis
The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile

The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile

In Chile, the Covid-19 pandemic is raging with an unprecedented speed. There are more than 300,000 confirmed cases with one of the highest per capita infection rates of 13,000 cases for every 1 million people. The economy is severely experiencing the repercussions of Coronavirus-caused restrictions and the historically high national unemployment rate of 11.2% is an indicator of such damage. Chileans have took to the[Read More…]

by 14/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection