The Rare Metals War

 
 
Scribe Publications (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 4. August 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 288 Seiten
978-1-925849-32-5 (ISBN)
 
The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth's most precious metals - but they are running out. And what will happen when they do?

The green-tech revolution has been lauded as the silver bullet to a new world. One that is at last free of oil, pollution, shortages, and cross-border tensions. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book cuts across conventional green thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology.

By breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence - on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. They are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. China has captured the lion's share of the rare metals industry, but consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs.

The Rare Metals War is a vital expose of the ticking time-bomb that lies beneath our new technological order. It uncovers the reality of our lavish and ambitious environmental quest that involves risks as formidable as those it seeks to resolve.


' T he journalist and filmmaker warns against the optimistic belief that technology is the solution ... At a time when many claim to be "citizens of the world" or retreat into naive or hypocritical protectionism, Pitron's book is an attempt to open people's eyes to the consequences of their societal choices and lifestyles.'
-Green European Journal

'French Writer and analyst Guillaume Pitron warns about growing reliance on rare-earth metal - which are necessary to build high-tech products ... He shines a light on "the untold story" of the energy and digital transitions.'
-European Scientist
  • Englisch
  • Carlton North
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  • Australien
  • Broschur/Paperback
978-1-925849-32-5 (9781925849325)

Guillaume Pitron (Author)
Guillaume Pitron, who was born in 1980, is a French journalist, author, and documentary-maker. He holds master's degrees in law from the University of Paris and in international law from Georgetown University.

He worked as a lawyer before becoming a journalist for Le Monde Diplomatique, Geo, and National Geographic, and is the director of several documentaries on the exploitation of raw materials, notablyBoomerang- the dark side of the chocolate bar and The Rare Earths Dirty War.

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