Skip to content

DW: Lithium – new gold rush in the Andes


An interesting film, which raises interesting points, not the least of which is the environmental impact of mining , to extract lithium for batteries for so called ‘clean, green EVs’

June 21, 2021

High in the Andes mountains, mining companies are gearing up for the massive extraction of lithium — the raw material of the future. Lithium batteries are used to power the electric vehicles that will play a key role in the new energy revolution. Bolivia is home to the world’s largest lithium reserves, including a huge deposit buried under the crust of the huge Salar De Uyuni salt flat. Some German investors are trying to set up a joint venture to extract litihum there, but haven’t yet worked out a deal with Bolivia’s government. In our documentary, ARD Latin America correspondent Matthias Ebert provides an in-depth look at the technical- and environmental problems involved in lithium mining in the Andes. He also reports on the efforts of local residents to win a fair share of the profits.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: