US News: China: A heat wave raises fears of a lithium shortage

Taiwan castigates the continuation of military exercises of China

 Taiwan castigates the continuation of military exercises of China © Gong Yulong / Xinhua / Xinhua via AFP D ES Persistent diplomatic tensions. Taiwan reproached China on Monday, August 8, of carrying out new maritime and air military exercises around the island, while Beijing continues its reprisals after the visit of the president of the American House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi . “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly condemns China’s decision to extend military exercises.

Travailleuses d'une usine Foxconn (Image d'illustration). © Reuters. Workers of a Foxconn factory (illustration image).

A heat wave is currently falling on China and rivers are particularly dry. In the southwest of the country, the authorities have announced a rationing of electricity. However, it is a crucial region for Chinese lithium production, this essential component for our cars and our smartphones. As a result, factories and businesses must stop their activity.

China lives a particularly hot summer and the province of Sichuan is no exception to the rule with the mercury which regularly exceeds 40 degrees. To fight against this stifling heat, the 84 million inhabitants of the province run the air conditioning. The problem is that the production of electricity in the region largely depends on hydraulic dams. The rivers are dried up.

Water consumption restrictions soon announced in London, against a background of persistent heat

 Water consumption restrictions soon announced in London, against a background of persistent heat © Andy Rain / EPA / MAXPPP Place du Parliament in London (United Kingdom), August 9, 2022. Thames Water, L 'Company that manages the water supply of the city of London (United Kingdom), announced this Tuesday, August 9, 2022 that water use restrictions could be set up in the coming days. An announcement that comes as the United Kingdom is about to undergo a new heat wave.

To save electricity, the factories therefore received the order to suspend their activity. A blow for Sichuan, a key region for the manufacture of Lithium , an essential element in the electric batteries present in smartphones or other electric cars. The first affected company is Foxconn, the main subcontractor of the American giant Apple.

The other consequence is that lithium production should be reduced by at least 1,200 tonnes. Which makes the price of this alkaline metal jump. To get out of this vicious circle and generate electricity again, China has increased its coal production. A bad trend for the first polluting country in the world, which has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2060.

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