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.
Maps vii Introduction xv Chapter 1 The Four Essentials 1 Food, Water, Energy, Metals Chapter 2 Geographical Flashpoints 19 The Trouble with Lines on a Map Chapter 3 The Key Players 37 Diggers, Drillers, and Dealers Chapter 4 Food and Water 57 Where the Rivers Run Chapter 5 “Going Out” for Energy 73 China and India Stake Their Claims Chapter 6 Old Coal Still Burning Brightly 91 Chapter 7 Going Nuclear in a Post-Fukushima World 105 Chapter 8 New Energy—Clean, Green, and Expensive 123 Chapter 9 Coppery Red, the Colour of Earth’s True Love 139 Chapter 10 Finding Steel’s Essential Ingredients 155 Chapter 11 U.S. Energy 173 Hail to the Shale Chapter 12 Japan after the Deluge 189 Chapter 13 BRACQK (Brazil, Russia, Australia, Canada, Qatar, Kazakhstan) Is the New BRIC 203 Chapter 14 The Up and Comers 229 Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Mexico Chapter 15 What Happens Next 243 A Host of Global Opportunities Conclusion 257 A World So Changed Bibliography 263 Acknowledgments 269 About the Author 273 Index 275
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.
Food, water, energy, and metals are the drivers of industrial, economic, and social growth. As the world's population rises and the clamour for higher living standards gets louder, so too the struggle for resource access intensifies. But whether it is water from the Nile, rice from the Mekong Delta, oil from the Middle East, coal from Africa, gas from Russia, rare earths from China, iron ore from the Australian Outback, uranium from Kazakhstan, or shale from North America, these resources, even those we consider "sustainable," are limited and valuable. For centuries, the West has controlled much of the resources flow, but now China, India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, Iran, and a host of other nations want their share. In Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources, journalist and Asian business expert Geoff Hiscock takes an in-depth look at our energy future. He analyzes the new technologies, the key players, escalating tensions, and possible outcomes of the ultimate theme of the twenty-first century: resource ownership. China and India, with their combined population of 2.5 billion people, will be the engines of global growth in the next fifty years, and their drive to expand is already bringing them to the forefront of the supply–demand equation. In Earth Wars, Hiscock surveys the world at large, looking at the interconnections, exploring who has what, how they're using what they have, and what they're doing to protect, expand, or share their bounty.
Praise for Earth Wars "A brilliant analysis of how the world's geopolitics will be shaped by the global race for four strategic resources: food, water, energy and metals. Geoff Hiscock is at his best in Earth Wars!" —Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University "The near simultaneous development and rising aspirations of the world's only two billion-plus societies has awoken us to the limits of the earth. The scale of demand from China and India for food, water, energy and minerals has already reshaped the global economy and strategic landscape and will drive even more dramatic change in the years ahead. This book presents an accessible map of these developments, combining breadth with a careful eye to detail, while avoiding being bogged down in statistics. Earth Wars is essential reading for anyone interested in how the twenty-first century will unfold, and how this will affect peace and conflict, economies and societies." —Dr. Michael Wesley, Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy "In the first three decades of the 21st Century, there's no more important story than the battle for global resources and Geoffrey Hiscock's analysis is a must-read for all of us." —Professor Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School, and co-founder, SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association
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