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Growth in portable electronic devices, electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable electricity generation has elevated lithium from a niche industrial chemical to an element vital to the future of energy. Overall lithium demand has grown 50% from 2008 to 2015, mostly driven by rechargeable battery demand compounding at an annual rate of ~20%. Batteries now account for a third of lithium demand. Overall demand is slated to grow 6–15% between 2015 and 2025. Supply has struggled to keep up, driving up lithium prices. An increasing portion of world supply comes from hard-rock mines, which provides a price umbrella for new projects to achieve an accelerated payback

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It’s been a quiet few weeks at the SEC, which has made a number of organizational announcements, including a change of chief accountant and numerous other departures from the organization. The SEC’s first financial fraud charges since November 17 were announced on Thursday, when the financial regulator levied fraud charges against Onix Capital LLC and its owner Alberto Chang-Rajii, a Chilean national who’s believed to have fled the United States for Malta in March

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Pollution levels are a function of emission levels, weather, chemical transformations in the air, and transport of pollutants from other areas. Conditions could force the government to extend the production suspensions past year-end. Long-term solutions could involve requiring companies to move their manufacturing facilities or regulating the length of production runs. The government faces a delicate balancing act between protecting public health while preserving the local industrial base

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