Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources, by Geoff Hiscock

Earth Wars interview on Money Magazine, Hong Kong

Book Extract: Chapter 1

"There are many fronts in this war. One starts deep in the desert country of the West Australian outback, where the sun beats down remorselessly on a forbidding landscape of salt pans, shifting red sand dunes, spinifex and rocky protrusions. This is the heartland of the Yilgarn Craton, a massive block of weathered rock that takes up a vast swathe of inland Australia, underpinning its claim as the world’s oldest continent. The mineral-rich craton is a crust created 2.7 billion years ago, pushed upward from the ocean floor as the earth began forming into the continents we know today.Six hundred miles (1000 km) by road north east from the state capital of Perth stands one of the Yilgarn Craton’s most significant place names: Mount Weld, the remnant of a volcano that blew up eons ago. At its central core, perhaps two miles (3.2 km) in diameter, is a rich pipe of carbonatite, the host rock for something much more valuable. Mount Weld is a hot zone, repository of what may be the most important mining deposit outside of China: 24 million tonnes of rare earths resource, resulting in 1.9 million tonnes of rare earths oxide. More importantly, by the middle of 2012, it will offer the first new source of rare earths supply outside China in a decade."


Specialist reviewers


Praise for 'Earth Wars'

"A brilliant analysis of how the world's geopolitics will be shaped by the global race for four strategic resources: food, water, energy and metals. Geoff Hiscock is at his best in Earth Wars!"

- Jagdish N. Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

"In the first three decades of the 21st Century, there's no more important story than the battle for global resources and Geoffrey Hiscock's analysis is a must-read for all of us."

- Professor Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School and co-founder, SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association, New York.

"The near simultaneous development and rising aspirations of the world's only two billion-plus societies has awoken us to the limits of the earth. The scale of demand from China and India for food, water, energy and minerals has already reshaped the global economy and strategic landscape and will drive even more dramatic change in the years ahead. This book presents an accessible map of these developments, combining breadth with a careful eye to detail, while avoiding being bogged down in statistics. Earth Wars is essential reading for anyone interested in how the twenty-first century will unfold, and how this will affect peace and conflict, economics and societies."

- Dr Michael Wesley, Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, Australia.

Setting the Scene


Food, water, energy and metals are the drivers of industrial, economic and social growth. As the world's population rises and the clamour for higher living standards gets louder, so too the struggle for resource access intensifies. 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. 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 are limited and valuable. I

n 'Earth Wars: The Battle for Global Resources,' business journalist Geoff Hiscock takes an in-depth look at the world's energy future. He analyses the new technologies, the key players, the potential flashpoints and the possible outcomes in the 21st century's ultimate theme: resource ownership.

Book Extract: Chapter 11

'The deals give CNOOC both a toehold in the United States and access to the complex technology of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that is the hallmark of U.S. shale gas and oil extraction.
CNOOC's partner Chesapeake Energy is at the forefront of what is potentially the biggest trend in the U.S. energy market -- the swing to unconventional resources such as shale gas and oil, and the associated higher-margin gas-to-liquids conversion technology.  ...There is also a possibility the United States will become an exporter of LNG over the next decade, if liquefaction projects such as the one proposed for 2015-16 by Cheniere Energy for its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana come on stream in time.'

What Amazon buyers say:
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This book is truly masterpiece that draws together the world's demand for essential metals and other resources into the forefront explaining their impact on our past, present and most importantly tremendous impact on our geopolitical future.

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This has to be one of the best books written on global resources of food, water, energy, and metals. The author talks about the status of each as he examines every nook and cranny of our world.