How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet : A Report to the Club of RomeBook - 2014
"Ugo Bardi delivers a sweeping history of the mining industry, starting with its humble beginning when our early ancestors started digging underground to find the stones they needed for their tools. He traces the links between mineral riches and empires, wars, and civilizations, and shows how mining in its various forms came to be one of the largest global industries. He also illustrates how the gigantic mining machine is now starting to show signs of difficulties. Mining has a dark side--pollution--that takes many forms and delivers many consequences, including climate change. The world we have been accustomed to, so far, was based on cheap mineral resources and on the ability of the ecosystem to absorb pollution without generating damage to human beings. Both conditions are rapidly disappearing. Having thoroughly plundered planet Earth, we are entering a new world. Bardi draws upon the world's leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new world ahead" -- From publisher's web site.
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014
Branch Call Number: 333.8 Ba
Characteristics: xviii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm