The War Below: AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 ‘TODAY’: Lithium, copper, and the global battle to power our lives (Hardback)
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The War Below: AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 ‘TODAY’: Lithium, copper, and the global battle to power our lives (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 25/03/2024
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A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST SUMMER BOOK OF 2024
AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR FOR 2024

The trillion-dollar battle for the resources to power our future.Oil and gas defined the twentieth century. Now lithium, copper, cobalt, rare earths and nickel will define the twenty-first.

The world is moving towards replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. But building electric vehicles, solar panels, and millions of other devices requires digging more mines. Critical minerals are vital to many sustainable technologies, and the competition for them is intensifying.

Nations which aspire to energy independence are ever more intertwined: a hedge fund manager's attempt to revive rare earths mining in California needs Chinese expertise, and international reliance on Africa's mining sector persists despite concern over child labour. Meanwhile, ecological dilemmas abound: a proposed lithium mine in Nevada would help global car manufacturers slash their dependence on fossil fuels, but developing that mine could cause the extinction of a flower found nowhere else on the planet.

As investors attempt to predict how the geopolitics of resource extraction will unfold, this is a story of the industry giants, researchers, and policymakers at the forefront of the new energy wars.

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781804186343
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 611 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Essential reading' - Chris Miller, author of Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology

'Finally, the real story of the difficulties of mining and processing enough minerals in the US to supply a green, carbon free energy transition. In this telling we confront the reality that there are no easy answers or quick fixes. We are also made uncomfortable with the ethics of wanting to preserve our beautiful places, while we rely on foreign supply chains where minerals are mined and processed with no real attention to environmental, labor, and human rights abuses' - Heidi Heitkamp

'The War Below gives the reader a front row seat to one of the critical debates of our time: how to power the clean energy transition without adding to ecological and human harm through irresponsible mining. Scheyder's detailed storytelling and research help convey what's at stake in this new "race to the bottom"' - Payal Sampat, Earthworks

'The War Below is an entertaining and insightful look at the enormous complexity-technological, environmental, financial and political-of mining the metals needed to make the green energy revolution possible. It illuminates a dimension of the challenge confronting the energy transition that is little understood and dangerously real-a wakeup call for us all' - Michael Kowalski, former CEO and Chairman, Tiffany & Co

'With his keen eye for detail and gift for storytelling, Scheyder digs deeply into the vast mineral supply chain supporting the electrical vehicle revolution, the political and economic forces driving it, and the far-reaching consequences for biodiversity, the environment, and the communities wherever these resources are found. Required reading for anyone interested in the 360-degree impacts of the energy transition' - Daniel Poneman, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy

'In The War Below, Ernest Scheyder unearths the contours of the struggles to mine the minerals essential for America's energy transition. Combining reportorial grit with literary skill he vividly captures the physical and political landscapes over which the future is being fought' - Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations and The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

'A nuanced and invaluable deep dive into the questions that need to be addressed if we are to fight climate change and achieve energy security' - Financial Times

'A much-needed introduction to one of the defining issues of our time' - New York Post

'Insightful...the stories he shares are stark reminders of why we need to have a systemsview of material supply, from mines to markets' - Science Magazine

'To uncover the inconvenient truths and the often overlooked tradeoffs of the energytransition, Reuters reporter Ernest Scheyder takes readers on a journey through Americanhistory, geopolitics, and the business world' - Best Books of 2023, Fortune Magazine

'Authoritative analysis of a crucial issue and the tough choices ahead, backed by solidresearch' - Kirkus (starred review)

'David vs. Goliath battles butt up against very real planetary perils in this evocative accountof the energy transition's myriad complexities' - Publishers Weekly

'For readers eager to learn about this industry, this is a sound start' - Booklist

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