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  • Energy Transitionsby VACLAV SMIL

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 35.00

    Energy transitions are fundamental processes behind the evolution of human societies: they both drive and are driven by technical, economic, and social changes. In a bold and provocative argument, Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects describes the history of modern society's dependence on fossil fuels and the prospects for the transition... more...

  • Making the Modern Worldby Vaclav Smil

    Wiley 2013; US$ 45.00

    How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption? Does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials?  These and many other questions are discussed and answered in Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization. Over the course of time, the modern world has become dependent on... more...

  • Energy Myths and Realitiesby Vaclav Smil

    AEI Press 2010; US$ 33.99

    There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists_wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. Energy Myths and Realities debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific... more...

  • Oil: Resources Production Uses Impactsby Vaclav Smil

    Garrett County Press 2010; US$ 9.99

    Energy expert Vaclav Smil presents a sharp-witted and approachable guide to oil's origins, exploration, extraction and use. This book is the perfect starting point for readers who wish to understand the science and culture behind our oil-driven world. more...

  • Should We Eat Meat Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivoryby Vaclav Smil

    Wiley 2013; US$ 39.95

    Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether considering the technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption. This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout their evolution and around the world. Setting the scene with... more...

  • Global Ecologyby Vaclav Smil

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 76.95

    The magnitude and rapidity of global environmental change threatens the perpetuation of life on Earth. Many aspects of this crisis are familiar to us - the destruction of tropical rainforests, the hole in the Antarctic ozone, desertification, soil erosion - yet we avoid the underlying challenge of a rapidly deteriorating ecological system and the breadth... more...

  • China's Past, China's Futureby Vaclav Smil

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 64.95

    China has a population of 1.3 billion people which puts strain on her natural resources. This volume, by one of the leading scholars on the earth's biosphere, is the result of a lifetime of study, and provides the fullest account yet of the environmental challenges that China faces. The author examines China's energy resources, their uses, impacts... more...

  • Oilby Vaclav Smil

    Oneworld Publications 2008; US$ 14.99

    Packed with fascinating facts and insight, this book will fuel dinner party debate, and provide readers with the science and politics behind the world?s most controversial resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern... more...

  • Energyby Vaclav Smil

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    In this user-friendly and informative book, prolific author and academic Vaclav Smil provides an introduction to this far-reaching term and gives the reader a greater understanding of energy's place in both past and present society. Starting with an explanation of the concept, he goes on to cover such exciting topics as the inner workings of the human... more...

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