Politics, Poverty and the Planet
By (author) Toby Shelley
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Oil by Toby Shelley
Book DescriptionAccess to oil and natural gas, and their prices, are hugely important axes of geo-political strategy and global economic prospects and have been for a century. This book, written by a Financial Times journalist who has long covered the energy sector, provides readers with the essential information they need for understanding the shifting structure of the global oil and gas economy: where the reserves lie, who produces what, trade patterns, consumption trends, prices. The book highlights political and social issues in the global energy sector -- the domestic inequality, civil conflict and widespread poverty that dependence on oil exports inflicts on developing countries and the strategies of wealthy countries (especially the United States) to control oil-rich regions. Energy demand is on a strong upward trend. The reality of the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels cannot be doubted. What are likely to be the human consequences: changing disease vectors, unprecedented flooding, mass migration? And what is to be done both in the wealthy countries where consumerism drives increasing growth in demand and in developing countries aiming to grow their economies faster? Are alternative energy sources a panacea? Or will the much vaunted hydrogen economy still be based on oil, natural gas and coal? Here is a book that addresses what is perhaps the most pervasive and destabilizing of the issues facing humanity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842775219
(198mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Toby Shelley
Exploited, Paperback (August 2007)
From cleaning to construction, from agriculture to domestic work, every day migrant labourers are exploited and enslaved. The author argues that even governments, keen to protect big business, are complicit in this exploitation; their 'law and order' approach on immigration being part of this complicity.
Nanotechnology, Paperback (April 2006)
Explains the world of nanotechnology and who controls it. This book explores the potential consequences for individuals, the environment, and relations between the powers. Nanotechnology could bridge or widen the gap between rich and poor - this is the political decision that civil society must address.
End Game in the Western Sahara, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Toby Shelley
Why does a remote swathe of the Western Sahara concern the USA and Europe? Why does Morocco maintain its occupation? Why has the UN Security Council prevaricated for three decades while the Sahrawis live under Moroccan rule or as refugees? This book examines the geopolitics.
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Author Biography - Toby Shelley
Toby Shelley has reported from many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa over the course of twenty years as a journalist. He works for the Financial Times. Previously he was regional energy news editor for Dow Jones Newswires. He contributes regularly to Middle East International. His most recent book is Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future for Africa's Last Colony? (Zed Books, 2004).
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