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The elements of power : gadgets, guns, and the struggle for a sustainable future in the rare metal age

Author: David S Abraham
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Our future hinges on a set of rare metals that few of us have even heard of. In this eye-opening book, a natural resource strategist reveals the critical importance of these transformative elements to our technological lifestyle and the consequences of our reliance upon them, including geopolitical instability and environmental degradation. To see our growing dependency, you need only look at your smartphone: cerium  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Abraham, David S.
Elements of power. Gadgets, guns, and the struggle for a sustainable future in the rare metal age.
New Haven : Yale University Press 2016
(OCoLC)922581575
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Abraham
ISBN: 9780300196795 0300196792 030022690X 9780300226904
Language Note: Text in English.
OCLC Number: 910503916
Description: xiv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Metals, metals, everywhere --
National struggles: mineral veins and battle lines --
Corporate hurdles: monopolies and investment incentives --
Production difficulties: acid washes and talent drains --
Trading networks: Smugglers and supply hiccups --
Tech needs: the electronification of everything --
Environmental needs: rare metals are green --
War effort: hard and smart metals --
Sustainable use: the environmental calculus of the rare metal age --
The war over the periodic table --
How to prosper in the rare metal age.
Responsibility: David S. Abraham.

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A natural resource strategist investigates the growing global demand for rare metals and what it means to the environment and our future  Read more...
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"A thought-provoking book that follows the trail of these elements [that] . . . are no less transformative-and are possibly just as valuable-as oil and coal."-The Economist "In The Elements of Power, Read more...

 
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