Another short bookmark post but this time about the mining of raw metals currently required for electric cars and the various economics therein. I am reminded of a chapter in Kate Crawford’s Anatomy of AI about lithium mining and Natasha Bernal’s article about lithium mining race in Cornwall.
The recent work on phones has sparked a vague, and probably short-lived, interest in its hardware and the metals. Given other pressures, my time to work on it is limited so I leave these here to come back to in the future.
Bernal, N. 2021. The Race to Grab All the UK’s Lithium Before it’s Too Late. Wired. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/cornwall-lithium
Pattison, P. 2021. ‘Like slave and master’: DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/08/cobalt-drc-miners-toil-for-30p-an-hour-to-fuel-electric-cars