Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this surprising and revealing book, David S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies, and indeed the fate of our planet depend on them. These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their properties are now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and agreena technologies. But their growing use is not without environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences. Abraham traces these elementsa hidden paths from mines to our living rooms, from the remote hills of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, providing vivid accounts of those who produce, trade, and rely on rare metals. He argues that these materials are increasingly playing a significant role in global affairs, conferring strength to countries and companies that can ensure sustainable supplies. Just as oil, iron, and bronze revolutionized previous eras, so too will these metals. The challenges this book reveals, and the plans it proposes, make it essential reading for our rare metal age.... Lan Xinzhen, aRare Earth Resolution, a Beijing Review, August 13, 2012, www. bjreview.com.cn/business /txt/2012-08/13/content_474520.htm. 8. ... Clean BizAsia, aChinese Regulator Hits Back at WTO Rare-Earth Investigation, a 2014, accessed December 6, 2014, ... MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Environmental Report, a https://www.apple ... Workshop on Rare Metals, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012. 13. EJOLT, aEcological Rucksacks (Hidden Flows), a accessed December 6 , 2014, anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Elements of Power|
|Author||:||David S. Abraham|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press - 2015-10-28|