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 look at how acidifying oceans could threaten the Dungeness crab, one of the most valuable fisheries on the U.S. West Coast. Watch the video.
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An aerial view of why Europe’s per capita carbon emissions are less than 50 percent of those in the U.S. View the photos.
An indigenous tribe’s deadly fight to save its ancestral land in the Amazon rainforest from logging. Learn more.
video series looks at the staggering amount of food wasted in the U.S. – a problem with major human and environmental costs. Watch the video.
Residents of the Chocó Rainforest in Ecuador are choosing to plant cacao over logging in an effort to slow deforestation.
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Tribal people and ranchers join together to stop a project that would haul coal across their Montana land. Watch the video.