ISBN: 9781603585415 Year Added to Catalog: 2014 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Black and White (Pictures, Charts, Graphs) Dimensions: 6x9 Number of Pages: 368 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Release Date: April 15, 2014 Web Product ID: 798
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How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet
"The world economy is now phenomenally large in comparison with the planetary base that is the setting for all economic activity. Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, and the planet's sinks for absorbing waste products are already exhausted in many contexts. In Extracted, Ugo Bardi tells the story of our planetary plunder from its beginnings up through the present. He tells it with verve and insight, and he offers a powerful perspective on what the implications are for the future. This newest report from the Club of Rome demands our serious attention."
—James Gustave Speth, author, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy; former dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
"Here is the book many of us in the sustainability world have been looking forward to: a comprehensive, readable, historically informed inquiry into the depletion of Earth's mineral resources. Extracted should be on the reading list of every introductory class in economics—as well as environmental studies, geology, history, political science . . . heck, everybody should read it."
—Richard Heinberg, senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author, The End of Growth
"Although Ugo Bardi's fine book focuses on extraction, it also discusses geological formation of minerals and ores, mining, metallurgy, coinage of precious metals, debt, waste, pollution, climate change, and the dark side of mining. Interspersed are short digressions written by other experts on related topics ranging from soil fertility and plants as miners, to peak oil and coal, and the Hubbert depletion curve. The book is clearly written and insightful. Highly recommended!"
—Herman Daly, author of Ecological Economics; professor emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
"Ugo Bardi's book is an effective piece of work for stimulating thought and debate on this planet's mineral wealth, and how we should view this issue within the framework of sustainability. The book goes into the history of how human society has used minerals, their relationship with the evolution of human civilization, and how we should use these resources in the future. There is a wealth of information in this volume that deals with important minerals like uranium, lithium, rare earths, copper, nickel, zinc, phosphorous, and others. Readers would find the material presented very informative and a valuable basis for discussions on minerals policy."
—Rajendra K. Pachauri , chairman, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; CEO, The Energy and Resources Institute
"Most decisionmakers and citizens view money as the primary driver of our societies. Yet our civilization is first dependent on extraction of natural capital—minerals, ores, and particularly energy—that are the precursors for everything in our economies. Ugo Bardi and guest authors provide an excellent overview on the history, significance, and future of minerals and energy and how this relates to our human ecosystem. Wide boundary thinking at its best."
—Nate Hagens , former editor, The Oil Drum; former vice-president, Solomon Brothers and Lehman