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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 to a nonfossil wo ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published May 26th 2010 by Praeger Publishers
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Starts off with a laundry list of statistics that gets a little dull, but second half gets a lot more interesting.
As always with Smil, a dose of strong smelling salts for those who prefer nonsense to analytic rigor.
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Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.

He has published 35 books and more than 400 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and the
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