This assessment was conducted to fulfill the requirements of section 712 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and to contribute to knowledge of the storage, fluxes, and balance of carbon and methane gas in ecosystems of Alaska.

Many challenges, including climate change, face the Nation

In 2007, lithium consumption in the United States was estimated to be 2,200 metric tons (t) of contained lithium, 12% less than the estimates for 2006 and 2005. Decreased U.S. consumption was likely the result of the tight worldwide supply of lithium during the fi rst half of 2007. Increased demand for lithium from foreign battery manufactures further reduced material available for U.S.