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Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Supply

lithium supply - Salt-encrusted lake beds, called salars, are scattered across the high, dry, and windy Puna de Atacama. Formed from the concentrated remnants of vast ancient lakes, the salars hold many soluble minerals, like potassium salts, lithium salts, and table salt. The Salar de Olaroz lithium mine is a new facility that will be capable of producing 17,500 metric tonnes of lithium carbonate per year by the end of 2015., cc Planet Labs, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salar_de_Olaroz_Lithium_Mine,_Argentina_by_Planet_Labs.jpg

New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. This article examines factors impacting lithium supply over the next decade.

Testing Europe’s Mettle: The EU’s Raw Materials Alliance

EU Symbol, CC Flickr, Christiaan Colen, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/christiaancolen/22540337821/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Is the EU’s quest for self-sufficiency in key raw material inputs a case of wishful thinking?

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

Greenland, cc Flickr Greenland Travel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

Yellowcake, cc Flickr Nuclear Regulatory Commission, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

Ituri, CC Monusco Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Renewed violence between the Hema and Lendu tribes is drawing disturbing parallels to one of the bloodiest wars in Africa’s history.

Adani Scandal Threatens Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine

A protest against the Carmichael mine in Australia, cc Flickr Takver, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Adani’s renewed scandal and financing challenges are calling the future of one of the world’s largest new coal mines into question.

Cobalt Draws Reluctant Carmakers Back to a Wobbly DRC

EVcharging, cc Flickr Kārlis Dambrāns, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Spiking demand for cobalt is taking electric vehicle manufacturers to one of the riskiest operating environments in Africa.

The DRC Sliding Back into Crisis

jkabila, cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A simmering political crisis in the DRC risks civil war and disintegration in the long-suffering African state.

Interview: PDAC’s Andrew Cheatle on the Canadian Mining Industry

Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director of PDAC

Geopoliticalmonitor.com sits down with Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

Canadian Miners on the Road to Accountability

Canadian Parliament, cc Kumar Appaiah, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Recent developments in Ottawa and the courts count as a step towards establishing a culture of accountability for Canadian mining companies operating abroad.

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