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, Earth Wars 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.
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
A World So Changed
About the Author 273
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.