Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 9, 2012 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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A fascinating insight into the global battle for our energy future

The global competition for scarce natural resources that pits the West against the super-hot economies of China and India, plus a clutch of other contenders including Russia, Brazil, and Indonesia, has become one of the biggest issues facing the world today. Whether it is the rare metal lithium found in salt pans in the Andes, gas from the Caspian Sea, oil off the coast of Brazil, coal from Africa's Zambezi River, or uranium from Kazakhstan, China and India are desperate to ensure the security of their future energy supplies. The same goes for food and water, as contamination and over-use take their toll, the need to provide continued access for the next generation and beyond has increased exponentially. In Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources, international business journalist Geoff Hiscock explores the problems, potential solutions, and inevitable tensions in this ongoing scramble for finite natural resources.

Going beyond "big power" politics to explore resource ownership and the use of innovative technology to get the most out of them, the book takes a forward-looking approach to this pressing issue. Written in clear, jargon-free language, it tells the global resources story in a fresh and engaging way that anyone can understand.

  • Includes insightful, up-to-the-minute coverage of the most pressing debates over resource allocations
  • Discusses the major Chinese and Indian businesses that are just becoming known to those in the West (Sinopec, CNOOC, CNPC, Indian Oil, ONGC, Reliance, Coal India, SAIL, and many others)
  • Presents resource- and region-specific chapters to help readers view the pertinent issues from multiple angles

As the economies of China and India grow to challenge those of the West, the battle over natural resources will continue to heat up. Earth Wars looks at this very real problem in-depth, presenting a definitive look at one of the greatest challenges of our time.

  

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User Review  - Andrew Helms - Goodreads

Helpful as a reference guide to the world's biggest companies and largest national producers of various commodities. Otherwise, a very boring read lacking real insight into global resource development. Read full review

Review: Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources

User Review  - Bob H - Goodreads

Tightly-written but concise state-of-the-planet, as measured by his four essentials: food, water, energy, metals. It's more than that, as it provides more detail on those four subjects, as to where ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter2 Geographical Flashpoints
19
Chapter3 The Key Players
37
Food and Water
57
Going Out for Energy
73
Chapter6 Old Coal Still Burning Brightly
91
Going Nuclear in a PostFukushima World
105
New EnergyClean Green and Expensive
123
Coppery Red the Colour of Earths True Love
139
U S Energy
173
Japan after the Deluge
189
BRACQK Brazil Russia Australia Canada Qatar
203
The Up and Comers
229
What Happens Next
243
Conclusion
257
About the Author
273
Copyright

Finding Steels Essential Ingredients
155

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About the author (2012)

Geoff Hiscock has been writing about Asian business for major media outlets for more than thirty years, including time as Sydney bureau chief and Asia Business Editor for CNN.com and as International Business Editor of The Australian. He is the author of four books, including India's Global Wealth Club and India's Store Wars, both published by Wiley.

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