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The race for what's left : the global scramble for the world's last resources

Author: Michael T Klare
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion--a crisis that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet's easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claim
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael T Klare
ISBN: 9780805091267 0805091262
OCLC Number: 706021001
Description: 306 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Driven by depletion --
Deep-offshore oil and gas --
Invading the Arctic --
Tar sands, shale gas, and other unconventional hydrocarbons --
Mining's new frontiers --
Rare earths and other critical minerals --
Global "land grabs" and the struggle for food --
Shaping the course of history.
Responsibility: Michael T. Klare.
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