The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies (Paperback)

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The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies (Paperback)

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Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions?


Rare metals are essential to electric vehicles, fighter jets, wind turbines, and solar panels, and also to our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. But consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or the environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs of this dependence.


This book reveals the dark side of the world that awaits us. It is an undercover tale of a technological odyssey that has promised much, and a look behind the scenes. Behind it all lurks China, which has captured the lion's share of the ownership and processing of rare metals we now can't do without. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book shows that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence-on rare metals that have become vital to our new ecological and digital society.

Product Details ISBN: 9781950354313
ISBN-10: 1950354318
Publisher: Scribe Us
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English