Go read this Atlantic report about why the battery of the future might come from the ocean | The Verge

629459651.jpg.0 Go read this Atlantic report about why the battery of the future might come from the ocean | The VergePhoto by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

There’s no getting around it: a more sustainable future will be a battery-powered one. Without batteries to store energy, renewables are about as reliable as the weather. Still, building the batteries we’ll need to slow down the climate crisis comes with its own costs. As Wil S. Hylton writes in The Atlantic, the world is poised to start mining the deepest depths of the ocean before we’ve even had a chance to understand what might be lost.

Here’s where things stand now — to make the batteries that power our electric vehicles, computers, and smartphones, we need cobalt and other metals. Google, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and Tesla are defendants in a suit filed this month alleging that the companies are in part responsible for the…

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