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White gold rush

The story of a dying lake, a forgotten community and the hunt for a green future

White gold rush

First published
Monday 10 May 2021

Last updated
Sunday 9 May 2021

Why this story?

California’s largest lake was created by mistake and has turned into a slow-rolling environmental disaster. The Salton Sea is dying and its forgotten communities contend with chronic toxic dust storms. But the hunt for lithium is on and a hopeful future beckons based on green energy – who will make sure the people are not left behind once again? David Taylor, Editor