Rare Earth Metals and Global Politics: Background information when reading The Brilliant Abyss

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The Brilliant Abyss

Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It

by Helen Scales

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Rare Earth Metals and Global Politics

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Wind turbines in Southern California In The Brilliant Abyss, Helen Scales draws attention to growing international interest in rare earth mining. Rare earths look set to overtake fossil fuels as the most valued energy resource on the planet, as they are key to producing green technology. What will this profound shift mean for oil- and gas-producing countries?

In the 20th century, the struggle to secure oil and gas resources was a defining feature of international relations. Now that we are facing an imminent climate crisis, the era of global reliance on fossil fuels must come to an end. Think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative has predicted that the value of gas, coal and oil will decline by two-thirds over the coming years, as countries work to meet the targets set by the Paris Agreement. This shift is going to cause dramatic changes in the global economy, with states reliant on fossil fuel output at risk of financial ruin or even collapse. Meanwhile, new materials are poised to become the most sought-after ...

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