Vaclav Smil is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is the author of 27 books dealing with energy, environment, population, history, and technical advances. His latest books include Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines
and Energy Myth and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate.
More from Vaclav Smil
Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has always been one to think big. But his sweeping 10-year energy plan for America faces obstacles that may be insurmountable.
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A 2015 Yale e360 Video Contest winner captures stunning images of wild salmon runs in Alaska. Watch the video.
video goes onto the front lines with Colorado firefighters confronting deadly blazes fueled by a hotter, drier climate. Watch the video.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.
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