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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

by Ugo Bardi

Foreword by Jorgen Randers

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"Our massive global mining infrastructure is showing signs of strain, writes Bardi (The Limits of Growth Revisited), University of Florence professor of chemistry, in this insightful if pessimistic description of the industry’s history, operation, and future. All mined minerals including carbon (coal, oil, gas) are unrenewable resources whose supply is already dwindling. Sadly, as with global warming, there are skeptics and denialists who insist that (a) it’s not true, and (b) technology will fix matters. These same opponents state, correctly, that we have extracted a minuscule fraction of the oil, iron, or even gold in the earth’s crust. But they ignore that, as ore quality diminishes and extracting becomes harder, the price rises. For example, platinum (essential in catalytic converters), silver, and oil cost four times more than in the year 2000. They also assume that technology will produce a 'universal mining machine,' which will consume ordinary rock, extracting whatever is valuable. Although theoretically possible, such a machine would require immense amounts of energy and leave behind unthinkable quantities of waste. Bardi concludes that things must change, and though his is not an encouraging book, readers will appreciate his intelligent, lucid, and disturbing account of our mishandling of mineral resources.” — Publishers Weekly

 

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