Lithium is powering the world’s electric vehicles, making metal a key part of the quest to reduce carbon emissions!
The combination of lithium mining and climate change in the Andes mountains is negatively influencing flamingo populations! Lithium mining is killing the flamingo population, according to a study paper published in Royal Society B.
This study focuses on the effects of lithium mining and climate change are having on the shallow, saltwater lakes in the Andes where the flamingoes stay for breeding and feeding. This study shows that due to lithium mining, flamingo populations have dropped by 12 percent! This is very bad because these animals rely on that lake for survival. The lake was affected by our mining!
The demand for lithium is growing increasingly so we should recycle our batteries so we could use lithium again instead of mining and causing pollution! Let’s make our Earth a better place to live for our future generations to come!
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: University of South Carolina