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In Portugal, a planned lithium mine in a rural village sparks controversy

Northern Portugal is believed to contain the largest lithium reserves in Europe. These resources have attracted the attention of some of the world’s largest mining companies. London-based firm Savannah Resources wants to open the continent’s biggest open-cast lithium mine in the village of Covas do Barroso by 2026. Supporters of the project say this would give Europe an invaluable supply of lithium for producing electric car batteries, helping the EU reach its carbon-zero target by 2050. However, many locals and environmentalists oppose the project. Our regional correspondents report.

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