Sebastian Lopez Brach

Photographer
  
Lithium in Argentina
Location: Rosario
Nationality: Argentino
Biography: Argentina, 1990. Photojournalist and storyteller. His work is always linked to the relationship of human beings with the natural territory they inhabit. In 2019 he received the Early Career Grant from National Geographic to investigate the... MORE
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Lithium in Argentina
Copyright Sebastian Lopez Brach 2024
Updated Sep 2022
Topics environment
Summary
En Argentina, el avance desmedido de empresas mineras extranjeras está causando desastres ambientales irreversibles.

La explotación del Litio consume millones de litros de agua, secando y contaminando ríos enteros, desplazando a las comunidades indígenas y violando sus derechos. La situación es delicada.

Esta historia fue realizada para Time.
World demand for electric cars will quickly put Lithium reserves in crisis. Currently six million units are sold annually. Each car requires an average of 8 kilograms of high purity lithium. Lithium deposits in Latin America are not enough. Is there enough lithium to manufacture all the batteries? According to a report by the World Economic Forum, it will start to become scarce by 2025. The countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile form the well-known lithium triangle. This is where 85% of the total amount of this important metal is concentrated. Lithium is an essential mineral in these times. It is associated with the so-called "energy transition", a false solution promoted by companies and governments against the climate crisis.

This story was commissioned for TIME.

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