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Article

2 Set 2009

Author:
Environmental Justice Atlas,
Author:
EJ Atlas

Chile: Overview of concerns around social & environmental impacts re lithium extraction in Salar de Atacama

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Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts
Potential: Accidents, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Other Health impactsProblemas a la salud relacionados a la falta de agua
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in violence and crime, Land dispossession