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Vaclav Smil

Everything on earth depends on energy, from our existence to how societies run. One of today's most urgent challenges is the ever-increasing energy demand resulting from a growing population. We have options for moving forward, fortunately.

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Energy (2006) examines one of human thought's most mysterious concepts: energy. As we gain a deeper understanding of energy, how it has evolved, and as well as the dangers that certain forms of energy may present, we will be better prepared to cope with modern civilization's challenges.

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Everything on earth depends on energy, from our existence to how societies run. One of today's most urgent challenges is the ever-increasing energy demand resulting from a growing population. We have options for moving forward, fortunately.

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Energy has evolved through the centuries.

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Solar radiation and geothermal energy shape the planet.

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All organisms rely heavily on energy to survive.

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Human societies have developed in large part due to energy.

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Energy demands need to be dealt with sustainably.

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