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Author Pitron, Guillaume, author.

Title The rare metals war : the dark side of clean energy and digital technologies / Guillaume Pitron ; translated by Bianca Jacobsohn.

Publication Info. Melbourne, Vic. : Scribe, 2020.

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 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  338.2749 PITRON    Check Shelf
Description xi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note First published as: La guerre des métaux rares, 2018.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions? Rare metals are essential to electric vehicles, fighter jets, wind turbines, and solar panels, and also to our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. But consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or the environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs of this dependence. This book reveals the dark side of the world that awaits us. It is an undercover tale of a technological odyssey that has promised much, and a look behind the scenes. Behind it all lurks China, which has captured the lion's share of the ownership and processing of rare metals we now can't do without. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book shows that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence--on rare metals that have become vital to our new ecological and digital society.
Contents The rare metals curse -- The dark side of green and digital technologies -- Delocalised pollution -- The West under embargo -- High-tech hold-up -- The day China overtook the West -- The race for precision-guided missiles -- Mining goes global -- The last of the backwaters -- Epilogue.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Rare earth metals -- Environmental aspects.
Rare earth industry -- Environmental aspects.
Rare earth industry -- Political aspects.
Rare earth metals -- Political aspects.
Rare earth metals -- Economic aspects.
Environmental toxicology.
Environmental toxicology. (OCoLC)fst00913536
Rare earth industry -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst01090129
Added Author Jacobson, Bianca, translator.
Added Title Guerre des métaux rares. English
ISBN 9781925849325 (paperback)
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9781950354313 (paperback)
1950354318 (paperback)
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