Saving the Planet With Electric Cars Means Strangling This Desert

Mining lithium and copper to supply the battery boom and fight climate change is wrecking a fragile ecosystem in Chile

Jun 11 · 8 min read
Lengths of pumping pipe lie on the ground at a lithium mine. Photo: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

By Laura Millan Lombrana

The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans…

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