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Briefer: India’s Lithium Resources in Kashmir Highlight Conflict Risks Around Critical Minerals

By Tom Ellison

On February 9th, the Geological Survey of India announced1 it had discovered 5.9 million tons of lithium, a metal in high demand for electric vehicle batteries and other low-carbon energy technologies. Though the findings are preliminary, if borne out, the discovery would put India among the world’s top holders of lithium, with significant implications2 for India’s own electric vehicle (EV) deployment, environmental management, and energy independence. However, the potential reserves’ location in Jammu and Kashmir state—heavily militarized territory disputed by Pakistan—underscores the security challenges associated with critical mineral wealth. These challenges highlight the urgent need to prepare for the potential negative security repercussions of expanded mining in India and elsewhere, including via improved mining governance, new technologies, reduced lithium demand, and conflict resolution.


Update to Climate and Security Resources Page

There have been a number of new reports released recently, and so we though we would highlight an update to our climate and security resources page, where you’ll find government reports and strategic documents, academic papers, Congressional hearing transcripts, UN resolutions, and other policy-oriented information on the nexus of climate change and national and international security.

The resources are organized first by type (government, academic, etc) and second by chronology, so you can more easily look for the information that is most useful to you as either a researcher, journalist, policy-maker, policy-implementer, or casual climate and security aficionado.

If you know of a good resource that we’ve left off the list, feel free to let us know.

Climate and Security Resource Roundup: A Look at Some New Reports & Resources

The climate change and security discourse received a big boost yesterday with the release of three new reports and resources. (more…)

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