Billions of electronic devices utilized daily worldwide depend
on the energy supplied by high-performing lithium-ion batteries.
As Li use grows rapidly and steadily, the risk of pollution, of terrestrial and
aquatic ecosystems, is also likely to spread. To this end, understanding
the broader effects on the composition of aquatic communities, of Li
production or improper battery disposal is paramount.
What do we know about the ecological effects of lithium on aquatic biodiversity? Is there enough research available on the topic, and how are these effects being assessed? What ecological aspects should be further explored?