Tuesday, October 4, 2016


The Washington Post has started a new series that's pretty fascinating: it looks at some of the chemicals needed to make lithium batteries, and watches the chemicals' extraction and distribution. It's a pretty sad story so far: both the piece on graphite and the one on cobalt depict some pretty abject damage and victimization of the poor, not to mention the environmental damage.

**Update, December 19th: new post on lithium mining....

It's a long way from I, Pencil!

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