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              The Rare Metals War: The dark side of clean energy and digital technologies

              The Rare Metals War: The dark side of clean energy and digital technologies (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pitron, Guillaume

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              The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth's most precious metals - but they are running out. And what will happen when they do? The green-tech revolution has been lauded as the silver bullet to a new world. One that is at la...st free of oil, pollution, shortages, and cross-border tensions. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book cuts across conventional green thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology. By breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence - on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. They are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. China has captured the lion's share of the rare metals industry, but consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs. The Rare Metals War is a vital expose of the ticking time-bomb that lies beneath our new technological order. It uncovers the reality of our lavish and ambitious environmental quest that involves risks as formidable as those it seeks to resolve. 'The journalist and filmmaker warns against the optimistic belief that technology is the solution ... At a time when many claim to be "citizens of the world" or retreat into naive or hypocritical protectionism, Pitron's book is an attempt to open people's eyes to the consequences of their societal choices and lifestyles.' -Green European Journal 'French Writer and analyst Guillaume Pitron warns about growing reliance on rare-earth metal - which are necessary to build high-tech products ... He shines a light on "the untold story" of the energy and digital transitions.' -European Scientist ' E xposes the dirty underpinnings of clean technologies in a debut that raises valid questions about energy extraction.' -Publishers Weekly
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              ISBN 9781925849325
              Published NZ 4 Aug 2020
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              The Rare Metals War: the dark side of clean energy and digital technologies (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pitron, Guillaume; Translated by Jacobsohn, Bianca

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              The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth's most precious metals - but they are running out. And what will happen when they do? The green-tech revolution will reduce our dependency on nuclear power, coal, and oil, heralding ...a new era free of pollution, fossil-fuel shortages, and crossborder tensions. But there is a hidden dark side to this seemingly utopian vision. In this international bestseller, award-winning journalist and documentary-maker Guillaume Pitron reveals that, by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence - on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. These are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels, as well as our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other technologies. But we know very little about how rare metals are mined and traded, or their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs; meanwhile, China has captured the lion's share of the market and is using it to consolidate its position as a leading global power. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, The Rare Metals War is a vital expose of the ticking time-bomb that lies beneath our new technological order.
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              By Pitron, Guillaume; Translated by Jacobsohn, Bianca

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              Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions?

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              Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a Like
                

              Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a Like (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pitron, Guillaume

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                5 Sep 23

              A gripping new investigation into the underbelly of digital technology, which addresses the pressing question of the carbon footprint it leaves behind. In a sort of news thriller, the author reveals not only how costly the virtual world is, but how damaging it is to the environme...nt. A simple like sent from our smartphones mobilizes what will soon constitute the largest infrastructure built by man. This small notification, crossing the seven operating layers of the Internet, travels around the world, using submarine cables, telephone antennas, and data centers, as far as the Arctic Circle. It turns out that the dematerialiized digital world, essential for communicating, working, and consuming, is much more tangible than we would like to believe. Today, it absorbs 10 per cent of the world's electricity and represents nearly 4 per cent of the planet's carbon dioxide emissions. We are struggling to understand these impacts, as they are obscured to us in the mirage of the cloud . At a time of the deployment of 5G, connected cars, and artificial intelligence, Digital Hell, the result of an investigation carried out over two years on four continents, reveals the anatomy of a technology that is virtual only in name. Under the guise of limiting the impact of humans on the planet, is already asserting itself as one of the major environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Some telling numbers: If digital technology were a country, it would be the third-highest consumer of electricity behind China and the United States. An e-mail with a large attachment consumes as much energy as a lightbulb left on for 24 hours. Every year, streaming technology generates as much greenhouse gas as Spain--close to 1 per cent of global emissions. The video of Gangnam Style was viewed around 1.7 billion times, using about 297 gigawatt hours, equivalent to that of a city with a population of 100,000. One Google search uses as much electricity as a lightbulb left on for 35 minutes. A broad
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