By Michael T. Klare
From Michael Klare, the popular professional on traditional source matters, a useful account of a brand new and hazardous worldwide competition
The international is dealing with an exceptional trouble of source depletion―a trouble that is going past "peak oil" to surround shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With the entire planet's simply available source deposits quickly coming near near exhaustion, the determined hunt for provides has turn into a frenzy of maximum exploration, as governments and firms rush to stake their declare in components formerly thought of too risky and distant. The Race for what is Left takes us from the Arctic to struggle zones to deep ocean flooring, from a Russian submarine planting the country's flag at the North Pole seabed to the large-scale deciding to buy up of African farmland by way of Saudi Arabia, China, and different food-importing nations.
As Klare explains, this invasion of the ultimate frontiers includes grave effects. With source extraction turning out to be extra complicated, the environmental hazards have gotten more and more critical; the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is barely a preview of the risks to come back. while, the serious look for dwindling provides is igniting new border disputes, elevating the chance of army disagreement. necessarily, if the scouring of the globe maintains on its current direction, many key assets that sleek depends will disappear thoroughly. the single approach out, Klare argues, is to change our intake styles altogether―a an important job that might be the best problem of the arriving century.