Can cabbage boost the environmental friendliness of lithium-ion batteries?

Although the economics have yet to pencil out, scientists are exploring the use of phytomining to help meet the world’s increased demand for lithium, a key component of batteries that run EVs and other modern electronics.

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Growing demand for rechargeable batteries for everything from smartphones to electric vehicles is increasing the need for lithium around the world. Photo courtesy of Kristoferb from Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
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Conventional lithium mines such as this one near Silver Peak, Nevada, can place heavy demand on local water resources. Photo courtesy of Doc Searls from Wikimedia, licensed under CC BY 2.0
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