The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age

The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age

David S. Abraham


Our destiny hinges on a collection of parts that few folks have even heard of. during this superb and revealing ebook, David S. Abraham unveils what infrequent metals are and why our digital contraptions, the main strong armies and certainly the destiny of our planet depend upon them. These metals became the construction blocks of contemporary society; their homes at the moment are crucial for almost all our digital, army, and "green" applied sciences. yet their transforming into use isn't really with no environmental, fiscal, and geopolitical consequences.

Abraham strains those parts' secreted paths from mines to our residing rooms, from the distant hills of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, delivering vibrant bills of these who produce, exchange, and depend on infrequent metals. He argues that those fabrics are more and more taking part in an important function in international affairs, conferring power to nations and firms which can determine sustainable supplies.

Just as oil, iron, and bronze revolutionized earlier eras, so too will those metals. The demanding situations this booklet unearths, and the plans it proposes, make it crucial analyzing for our infrequent steel age.

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