In 2021 Australia supplied approximately fifty per cent of the world's lithium—lithium is not scarce, but it isn't easy to extract.


Royce Kurmelovs writing for BBC Future makes the following points:
  • Greenbushes WA mine is the largest lithium mine in the world.
  • Australia mines lithium from hard rock; other countries obtain it from brine pits.
  • China refines 60% of the world's lithium and 80% of the world's lithium hydroxide.
  • The refining process is energy and chemically-intensive. 
  • The environmental impacts of lithium hard rock mining are similar to other hard rock operations such as coal.


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