The Race for What's Left

The Race for What's Left

The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

Book - 2012
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From Michael Klare, the renowned expert on natural resource issues, an invaluable account of a new and dangerous global competition

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletionâe"a crisis that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet's easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claim in areas previously considered too dangerous and remote. The Race for What's Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country's flag on the North Pole seabed to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia, China, and other food-importing nations.

As Klare explains, this invasion of the final frontiers carries grave consequences. With resource extraction growing more complex, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe; the Deepwater Horizon disaster is only a preview of the dangers to come. At the same time, the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new border disputes, raising the likelihood of military confrontation. Inevitably, if the scouring of the globe continues on its present path, many key resources that modern industry relies upon will disappear completely. The only way out, Klare argues, is to alter our consumption patterns altogetherâe"a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805091267
Branch Call Number: 333. 7 KLA
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm.

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Oct 09, 2017

The future does not look as rosy as the past. Oil was close to the surface and easy to find; metal ores could be dug from the ground with a shovel and natural gas was a plentiful nuisance that had to be "flared" off That was then and this is now. Oil wells are drilled in ocean waters to unheard of depths. High quality ore mines are being played out. And speculators are grabbing land knowing that its value can only appreciate as populations grow?
Was Malthus right? Maybe not this decade but maybe the next or the next after that. Alarming? Perhaps. Something to read and perhaps worry about.

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Dec 09, 2014

Concise without gobbledegook; gives a clear presentation of some of the forces of tension in geopolitics today and in the coming decades.

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