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By David S. Abraham

Our destiny hinges on a suite of components that few people have even heard of. during this incredible and revealing publication, David S. Abraham unveils what infrequent metals are and why our digital contraptions, the main strong armies, and certainly the destiny of our planet depend upon them. those metals became the development blocks of contemporary society; their homes at the moment are crucial for almost all our digital, army, and "green" applied sciences. yet their growing to be use isn't with no environmental, monetary, and geopolitical consequences.

Abraham strains those elements' hidden paths from mines to our residing rooms, from the distant hills of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, offering brilliant money owed of these who produce, alternate, and depend upon infrequent metals. He argues that those fabrics are more and more enjoying an important position in international affairs, conferring energy to international locations and corporations which may ascertain sustainable supplies.

Just as oil, iron, and bronze revolutionized earlier eras, so too will those metals. The demanding situations this booklet unearths, and the plans it proposes, make it crucial analyzing for our infrequent steel age.

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49 But this is rather Romantic. I t brings to m ind the notion of a " good" aes­ thetic and a " ba d " one. The first is good because it resists becoming ob­ jectified or turned into a commodity, if only because i t ironically inter- 26 • Ecology without Nature nalizes the commodification process. My final chapter (Chapter 3) does not entirely escape this Romantic distinction. A consideration of the aesthetic is vital, since the aesthetic inter­ twines with the idea of a surrounding environment or world.

Here in the very gospel of post­ structuralism, of the supposedly antinatural bliss of sheer textuality, we find ecomimesis. Barthes offers us a vivid evocation of atmosphere. An Ambient Poetics Strong ecomimesis purports to evoke the here and now of writing. It is a n inside-out form of "situatedness" rhetoric. Rather than describe The Art of Environmental Language · 33 "where I a m coming from " ( " as a blue-blooded young Portuguese hot dog salesman" ), I invoke " where I a m " ( " as I write this, the smell of hot dogs wafts through the Lisbon night air").

The smoke trail of an ocean liner disappears over the far horizon. The surrounding air is moist and smells o f seaweed. The crackle of pebbles on the shore as the waves roll in reminds me o f England, summer holidays on stony beaches. No-that was pure fiction; just a tease. A s I write this, a western scrub jay is chattering outside my window, harmonizing with the q uiet scratch of my pen on this piece o f paper. The sound o f Debussy's Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp falls gently around me from the speakers in the living room.

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