Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources
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Food, water, energy, and metals are the drivers of industrial, economic, and social growth. As the world's population rises and the clamor 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 his new book Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources (Wiley, May 2012; Hardcover and ebook, $29.95; 978-1-118-15288-1) Geoff Hiscock draws on more than 30 years’ experience of writing about Asian and international business to explore the links between rising incomes in emerging markets and the global consumption of food, water, energy, metals and other resources.
"While my book looks at the big picture of the competition for resources, it then drills down into the private and state-owned corporations that are at the forefront of the resources trade, to better understand who is doing what, where and why," Hiscock said.
Earth Wars is a narrative that canvasses the coming battle for resources between the established incumbent users (USA, Europe, Japan) versus the fast-growing competitors in Asia (China and India) and other rapidly developing economies such as Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, South Africa and Russia.
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, such as
- Insightful coverage of the most pressing debates over resource allocations
- Discussion of 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
- A snapshot of the conditions prevailing at the start of 2012, with the author's thoughts on where we are headed
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. Earth Wars is an attempt to show just how interconnected our world has become in terms of the supply and demand for all sorts of resources, as living standards rise and energy consumption grows in advanced and emerging economies.
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