Extracted : how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering our planet

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Extracted : how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering our planet : a report to the Club of Rome
Non IUCN Publication



Ugo Bardi delivers a sweeping history of the mining industry, starting with its humble beginning when our early ancestors started digging underground to find the stones they needed for their tools. He traces the links between mineral riches and empires, wars, and civilizations, and shows how mining in its various forms came to be one of the largest global industries. He also illustrates how the gigantic mining machine is now starting to show signs of difficulties. The easy mineral resources, the least expensive to extract and process, have been mostly exploited and depleted. There are plenty of minerals left to extract, but at higher costs and with increasing difficulties. The effects of depletion take different forms and one may be the economic crisis that is gripping the world system. And depletion is not the only problem. Mining has a dark side—pollution—that takes many forms and delivers many consequences, including climate change.

White River Junction : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014
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xviii, 299p. : ill.
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Includes endnotes

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Record created: 2019/04/30
Record updated: 2020/04/10