Building renewable energy infrastructure involves mining for materials such as lithium, graphite and cobalt. If not done responsibly, that could cause huge environmental damage.
Astronomers have discovered that stars like the Sun produce huge amounts of lithium late in their lives.
Europe imports the majority of its lithium, an essential material for the energy transition, yet is home to significant deposits.
Bolivia's huge lithium reserves are isolated and hard to extract, and global uncertainty over electric vehicles is bad for business.
Eminent economist Ross Garnaut says if climate action fails, he fears the consequences 'would be beyond contemporary Australia'. But zero-emissions iron and aluminium could be the way forward.
Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
If you are intimidated by the periodic table, then this introduction through the first column of elements will give you a feel for how and why the elements are arranged in this order.
Until we cut consumption, we will only shift problems from one natural resource to another.
A year ago, the world's largest lithium-ion battery began dispatching power to South Australia's grid. It has been a remarkable success but there are some concerns that have so far escaped scrutiny
Electric cars might be a quick fix to clean up transport, but the problems with cars go beyond just emissions.
A new rechargeable 'proton battery' - made chiefly from carbon and water - promises to outperform conventional lithium-ion batteries, while also being more environmentally friendly.
The fossil fuel era won't last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand.
Lithium is present naturally in many water systems and was once considered an elixir. It has long been used to treat bipolar disorder, but researchers have also started exploring its role in dementia.
In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.
We need to think about the raw materials of batteries -- where they come from and their environmental cost.
New lithium stores in Cornwall could give the UK a valuable domestic supply of the expensive commodity.
Alternative technologies are already leaving Tesla's batteries in the slow lane.
They may be single-celled organisms, but as our distant cousins amoeba can tell us a lot about ourselves.
If Australia investments in technology to recycle and lease lithium, it could capitalise on its increasing use in batteries.
Everyone wants a better battery for longer run-time on electronics and driving range for EVs. What's the most likely successor to today's lithium-ion batteries?