Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Publications

2014

Smil, V. 2014. Fifty years of the Shinkansen. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus December 1, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Start a rail renaissance. Literary Review of Canada Special Supplement: Vital Ideas for Canada November 2014:6-7.  PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Do the locomotive. The American, October 4, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. How green is Europe? The American September 30, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Why America is Not a New Rome. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 240  pp. Book (Paperback edition of the book published in 2010) Book

Smil, V. 2014. The Natural Gas Boom: Questions and Complications. The American June 15, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Essen für zehn Milliarden. GDI Impuls 2014(2):104-106. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Hoping for China’s success.  The American March 28, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Germany’s energy goals backfire. The American February 14, 2014. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. The long slow rise of solar and wind. Scientific American 282 (1):52-57. PDF

Smil, V. 2014. Energy in 2013: Changes and constants. Global Energy Affairs January 2014:2-3. PDF

 

2013

Smil, V. 2013. Eating Meat: Constants and Changes. Global Food Security 3:67-71 PDF

Smil, V. 2013. Fakta a Mýty o Energetice. MSDK, 186 pp. (Czech translation of Energy Myths and Realities).

Smil, V. 2013. Reducing the carbon and sulfur load of the atmosphere. GAIA 22(4): 255 – 262. PDF

Smil, V. 2013. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, xi+229 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2013. Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 263 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2013. Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, xvi+260 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2013. Memories of peak oil. The American February 21, 2013. PDF

Smil, V. 2013. The last eighty years: Continuities and change. Population and Development Review (Supplement) 38: 265–279. PDF

Smil, V. 2013 Just How Polluted is China Anyway? The American January 31, 2013. PDF

Smil, V. 2013. Energy transitions. In: Energy Vision 2013 Energy Transitions: Past and Future, Cologny/Geneva: World Economic Forum, p. 10. PDF

Smil, V. 2013. Harvesting the Biosphere: How Much We Have Taken from Nature. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 312 pp. Book

2012

Smil, V. 2012. Jeremy Grantham, starving for facts. The American December 5, 2012. PDF

Smil, V. 2012. Far from electrifying. The American November 26, 2012. PDF

Smil, V. 2012. Энергетика: Mифы и реалъность. Moskva: AST-Press, 271 pp. (Russian translation of Energy Myths and Realities).

Smil, V. 2012. A son of Europe reflects on the EU’s Nobel Prize. The American October 15, 2012. PDF

Smil, V. and K. Kobayashi, 2012. Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xii + 229 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2012. Cinco cosas que no debemos hacer con la energía. In: Energía, sostenibilidad y Estado del bienestar. Capitulo Español del Club de Roma, Valencia, pp.23-29. PDF

Smil,V. 2012. A skeptic looks at alternative energy. IEEE Spectrum July 2012:46-52. PDF

Smil, V. 2012. Japan’s economy in 2012: Multiple challenges. Japan Focus June 11, 2012. PDF

Smil, V. 2012. エネルギーの不都合な真実 (Enerugi – no futsugō na shinjitsu). Tōkyō: X-Knowledge, 274+36 pp. (Japanese translation of Energy Myths and Realities by Tachiki Masaru).

Smil, V. 2012. Anticipating the world’s most expensive natural disaster. The American May 29, 2012. PDF

Smil, V. 2012. Placing American gas boom in perspective. The American May 3, 2012.PDF

Smil, V. 2012. Глобальные катастрофы и тренды (Global’nye katastrofy i trendy). Moskva: AST-Press, 363 pp. (Russian translation of Catastrophes and Trends by S.V. Zubkov).

Smil, V. 2012. Nice oil imports you’ve got there. Shame if you lost them. Foreign Policy February 29, 2012 . Link

2011

Smil, V. 2011. Harvesting the biosphere: The human impact. Population and Development Review 37(4) : 613–636 PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Obama’s indefensible pipeline punt. The American November 15, 2011. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. The myth of the innovator hero. The Atlantic November 15, 2011. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Hummer in every driveway. Foreign Policy November 2011. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Vers un monde postcarbone ? Les Cahiers de l’IAU 158: 205-207. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Why Jobs is no Edison. The American, September 30, 2011 PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Una lezione sulla densità di potenza. IBL Ocassional Paper 83. Torino: Istituto Bruno Leoni. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Burning desires. Nature 477:403. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Energia, l’età dell’incerteza. Wired September 9, 2011:129. PDF

Smil, V. 2011, The manufacturing of decline. Breakthrough Journal 1:17-24.PDF

Smil, V. 2011, Japan’s crisis: context and outlook. The American April 16, 2011. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Global energy: The latest infatuations. American Scientist 99:212-219. PDF

Smil, V. 2011. Nitrogen cycle and world food production. World Agriculture 2:9-1.PDF

Smil, V. 2011. America’s oil imports: A self-inflicted burden. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101:1-4. PDF

2010

Smil, V. 2010. Ciclo dell’ acqua. In Ecosphera Volume 5, Dizionario A-L, N. Eldredge and T. Pievani, eds., Torino, UTET, pp. 3-4. PDF

Smil, V. 2010. Ciclo dell’ azoto. In Ecosphera Volume 5, Dizionario A-L, N. Eldredge and T. Pievani, eds., Torino, UTET, pp. 31-34. PDF

Smil, V. 2010. Storia delle fonti energetiche. In Ecosphera Volume 5, Dizionario A-L N. Eldredge and T. Pievani, eds., Torino, UTET, pp. 232-233. PDF

Smil, V. 2010.Man schürt falsche Erwartungen. Handelszeitung 51/52:3. PDF

Smil, V. 2010. Arguments against the claim that computing has been the most significant innovation of the 20th Century, In The Economist:

  1. Opening Remarks pdf
  2. Rebuttal Statements pdf
  3. Closing Statements pdf

Smil, V. 2010. Science, energy, ethics, and civilization. In: Visions of Discovery: New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness, R.Y. Chiao et al. eds., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 709-729. PDF

Smil, V. 2010. Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, vii + 264 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2010. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate. American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, xiv + 213 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2010. Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospetcs. Praeger, Santa Barabara, CA, ix + 178 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2010. Power Density Primer, Parts I-V, Master Resource, PDF

Smil, V. 2010. Why America is Not a New Rome. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xii + 226 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2010. Energy Innovation as a Process: Lessons from LNG. Master Resource: A Free-Market Energy Blog. January 11, 20010. PDF

2009

Smil,V. 2009. Two decades later: Nikkei and lessons from the fall. The American, December 29, 2009. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. The Iron Age & coal-based coke: A neglected case of fossil-fuel dependence. Master Resource: A Free-Market Energy Blog. September 17, 2009. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. Energia válaszút elött. Kovász 13:13-32. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. Finding mutual interests in nature. Far Eastern Economic Review, October 2009: 44-47. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. The harsh realities of energy. Seed, April 7, 2009. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. U.S. energy policy: The need for radical departures. Issues in Science and Technology Summer 2009:47-50. PDF

Smil, V. 2009. Le charbon reste d’actualité malgré sa nocivité. L’Atlas du Monde diplomatique. Paris: le Monde, pp. 92-93. PDF

2008

Smil, V. 2008. Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xi + 307 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2008. Long-range energy forecasts are no more than fairy tales. Nature 453:154. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. Moore’s curse and the great energy delusion. The American 2(6): 34-41. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. Water news: bad, good and virtual. American Scientist 96:399-407. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. A reality check on the Pickens Energy Plan. Yale Environment 360, August 25, 2008. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. On meat, fish and statistics: The global food regime and animal consumption in the United States and Japan. Japan Focus, October 19, 2008. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. Meno consumi e meno sprechi. National Geographic Italia, September 2008. PDF

Smil, V. 2008. Energy at the Crossroads Global Perspectives and Uncertainties. (Eunnyeong Heo, Tai-Yoo Kim, & Soogab Lee, Trans.) Changbi Publishers, Seoul, 543 pp. (Korean translation of Energy at the Crossroads)

Smil, V. 2008. Oil: A Beginner’s Guide. Oneworld Publishers, Oxford, xiii + 202 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2008. Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xi + 480 pp. Book

2007

Smil, V. 2007. Poor visibility on China’s air pollution. Far Eastern Economic Review, December 2007: 35-39. PDF

James N. Galloway, Marshall Burke, G. Eric Bradford, Rosamond Naylor, Walter Falcon, Ashok K. Chapagain, Joanne C. Gaskell, Ellen McCullough, Harold A. Mooney, Kirsten L. L. Oleson, Henning Steinfeld, Tom Wassenaar and Vaclav Smil. 2007. International trade in meat: The tip of the pork chop. Ambio 36:622-629. PDF

Smil, V. 2007. The two prime movers of globalization: history and impact of diesel engines and gas turbines. Journal of Global History 3:373-394. PDF

Smil, V. 2007. Technical advances. In: Rider, C., ed., Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920, Vol. 2, pp. 420-432.

Smil, V. 2007. Steam turbine. In: Rider, C., ed., Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920, Vol. 2, pp.403-405.

Smil, V. 2007. Hertz, Heinrich (1847-1894). In: Rider, C., ed., Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920, Vol. 1, pp. 197-198.

Smil, V. 2007. Global material cycles. Encyclopedia of Earth, June 2, 2007. PDF

Smil, V. 2007. The unprecedented shift in Japan’s population: Numbers, age, and prospects. Japan Focus, May 1, 2007. PDF

Smil, V. 2007. Light behind the fall: Japan’s electricity consumption, the environment, and economic growth. Japan Focus, April 2, 2007. PDF

Smil, V. 2007. Peak performance. Tech Central Station, February 23, 2007. PDF

2006

Smil, V. 2006. Energy: A Beginner’s Guide.Oneworld Publishers, Oxford, x + 181 pp. Book

Smil,V. 2006. Transforming the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences. Oxford University Press, New York, x + 358 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2006. Energy. In: W.H. McNeill, ed., Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 2., pp. 646- 654. PDF

Smil, V. 2006. 21st century energy: Some sobering thoughts. OECD Observer 258/59:22-23. PDF

Smil, V. 2006. The Bookshelf talks with Vaclav Smil. American Scientist Online, October 2006. PDF

Smil, V. 2006. Energy at the crossroads. Paper presented at OECD Global Science Forum, 17-18 May 2006, Paris. PDF

Smil, V. 2006. Japan and China: The next fifty years. Japan Focus, Summer 2006 PDF

Smil, V. 2006. Peak oil: A catastrophist cult and complex realities. World Watch 19: 22-24. PDF

2005

Smil, V. 2005. Nitrogen in modern European agriculture. In: Scholliers, P., L. Van Molle and C. Sarasua, eds. Land, Shops and Kitchens: Technology and the Food Chain in Twentieth-century Europe. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, pp. 110-119. PDF

Naylor, R., Steinfeld, H., Falcon, W., Galloway, J., Smil, V., Bradford, E., Alder, J., Mooney, H. Losing the links between livestock and land. Science 310:1621-1622 PDF

Smil, V. 2005. China’s Thirsty Future. Far Eastern Economic Review, December 2005. PDF

Smil, V. 2005. Peak Curiosity. Tech Central Station, December 3, 2005. PDF

Smil, V. 2005. The next 50 years: Unfolding trends. Population and Development Review 31: 605-643. PDF

Smil, V. 2005. A different perspective on security: America’s infrastructural failures. Tech Central Station, October 26, 2005 PDF

Smil, V. 2005. Bad bets. Tech Central Station, September 6, 2005. PDF

Smil,V. 2005. Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact. Oxford University Press, New York, xv + 350 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2005. Feeding the world: How much more rice do we need? In: Toriyama K., Heong K.L., Hardy B., eds. Rice is life: scientific perspectives for the 21st century. Proceedings of the World Rice Research Conference held in Tokyo and Tsukuba, Japan, 4-7 November 2004. Los Baños (Philippines): International Rice Research Institute, pp. 21-23. PDF

Smil, V. 2005. The next 50 Years: Fatal discontinuities. Population and Development Review 31: 201-236. PDF

Smil, V. 2005. Limits to Growth revisited: A review essay. Population and Development Review 31: 157-164. PDF

2004

Smil, V. 2004. Tired of record high oil prices? They’re anything but! Tech Central Station, October 20, 2004. PDF

Smil, V. 2004. Omedeto gozaimasu! (Congratulations!). Tech Central Station, October 1, 2004. PDF

Smil, V. 2004. No alternative to reality. Tech Central Station, June 30, 2003. PDF

Smil, V. 2004. China’s Past, China’s Future. RoutledgeCurzon, New York and London, xvi + 232 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2004. Garrett James Hardin. American Scientist 92:8-10. PDF

Smil, V. 2004. Improving efficiency and reducing waste in our food system. Environmental Sciences 1:17-26.

Smil, V. 2004. Conversion of energy: people and animals. In: Encyclopedia of Energy, C. Cleveland ed., Vol. 1. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 697-705.

Smil, V. 2004. Global material cycles and energy. In: Encyclopedia of Energy, Vol. 3, C. Cleveland, ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 23-32.

Smil, V. 2004. Land requirements of energy systems. In: Encyclopedia of Energy, C. Cleveland, ed., Vol. 3, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 613-622.

Smil, V. 2004. War and energy In: Encyclopedia of Energy, C. Cleveland, ed., Vol. 6, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 363-371. PDF

Smil, V. 2004. World history and energy. In: Encyclopedia of Energy, C. Cleveland, ed., Vol. 6, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 549-561. PDF

Smil, V. Coal. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 239-240.

Smil, V. Dung. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 351-352.

Smil, V. Geothermal energy. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 582-582.

Smil, V. Haber, Fritz. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 2, Routledge, New York, pp. 631-632.

Smil, V. Natural gas. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 2, Routledge, New York, pp. 872-874.

Smil, V. Oil. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 3, Routledge, New York, pp. 962-963.

Smil, V. Solar energy. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 3, Routledge, New York, pp. 1138-1140.

Smil, V. Water energy. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 3, Routledge, New York, pp. 1303-1305.

Smil, V. Wind energy. In: Encyclopedia of the World Environmental History, S. Krech III, J.R. McNeill and C. Merchant, eds., Vol. 3, Routledge, New York, pp. 1337-1339.

2003

Smil, V. 2003. Sekai o yashinau Kankyo to ryoritsushita nogyo to kenkouna shokuji o motomete. FAPRC, Tokyo, xxxiv + 389 pp. (Japanese translation of Feeding the World A Challenge for the 21st Century). Book

Smil, V. 2003. Alimentar al mundo Un reto del siglo XXI. Siglo Vientiuno, Madrid, xxi + 411 pp. (Spanish translation of Feeding the World A Challenge for the 21st Century) Book

Smil, V. 2003. Dietary regimes. In: Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll, eds., Population Encyclopedia, Macmillan Reference, New York, pp. 234-237.

Smil, V. 2003. Natural resources and population. In: Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll, eds., Population Encyclopedia, Macmillan Reference, New York, pp. 689-692.

Smil, V. 2003. Nitrogen cycle. In: Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll, eds., Population Encyclopedia, Macmillan Reference, New York, pp. 692-693.

Smil, V. 2003. No alternative to reality. Tech Central Station, June 30 2003:1-4.

Smil, V. 2003. Beyond the blackout. Tech Central Station, August 18 2003:1-3. PDF

Smil, V. 2003. Feeding China: from wanting to wasting. Current History 102(665):270-273

Smil, V. 2003. Energy at the Crossroads Global Perspectives and Uncertainties. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xiv + 427 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2003. Nitrogen in Agriculture. In: Advances in Energy Studies: Reconsidering the Importance of Energy, S. Ulgiati, ed., SGE, Padova, pp. 245-250.

Smil, V. 2003. Agricultural revolution: Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Joel Mokyr, ed., Oxford University Press, New York, vol. 1, pp. 46-49.

Smil, V. 2003. Fossil fuels. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Joel Mokyr, ed., Oxford University Press, New York, vol. 2, pp. 356-360.

Smil, V. 2003. Bioenergetica. In: Storia della scienza, S. Petruccioli, ed., Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, Roma, vol. IX, pp.225-232.

2002

Smil, V. 2002. A more energetic Japan. Asian Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2002, p. A9.

Smil, V. 2002. The Earth’s Biosphere Evolution, Dynamics and Change. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, viii + 346 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2002. The future: perfect or posthuman? Natural History 111(7):82-83.

Smil, V. 2002. The temperature of everything. Nature 418:919-920.

Smil, V. 2002. Biofixation and nitrogen in the biosphere and in global food production. In: Finan, T.M. et al., eds. Nitrogen Fixation: Global Perspectives (Proceedings of the 13th International Congress in Nitrogen Fixation), CAB International, Wallingford, UK, pp. 7-10. PDF

Smil, V. 2002. Food production. In: The Nutrition Transition: Diet and Disease in Modern World, B. Caballero and B. Popkin, eds. Elsevier Science, London, pp. 25-50.

Smil, V. 2002. Phosphorus: Global transfers. In: Causes and Consequences of Global Environmental Change I. Douglas, ed., Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change, Vol. 3, John Wiley, Chichester, pp. 536-542. PDF

Smil, V. 2002. Nitrogen and food production: Proteins for human diets. Ambio 31:126-131. PDF

Smil, V. 2002. Acid rain. In: International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, J. Barry and E.G. Frankland, eds., Routledge, London, pp. 1-2.

Smil, V. 2002. Air pollution. In: International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, J. Barry and E.G. Frankland, eds., Routledge, London, pp. 10-11.

Smil, V. 2002. China. In: International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, J. Barry and E.G. Frankland, eds., Routledge, London, pp. 80-85.

Smil, V. 2002. Three Gorges Project. In: International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, J. Barry and E.G. Frankland, eds., Routledge, London, pp. 449-451.

Smil, V. 2002. Population and environmental services. In: Population and Environment, W. Lutz, A. Prskawetz and W.C. Sanderson, eds., A Supplement to Vol. 28 Population and Development Review, pp. 187-198.

Smil, V. 2002. Energy resources and uses: a global primer for the twenty-first century. Current History 101(653):126-132. PDF

Smil, V. 2002. Worldwide transformation of diets, burdens of meat production and opportunities for novel food proteins. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 30:305-311. PDF

Smil, V. 2002. Biofixation and nitrogen in the biosphere and in global food production. In: Finan, T.M. et al., eds. Nitrogen Fixation: Global Perspectives (Proceedings of the 13th International Congress in Nitrogen Fixation), CAB International, Wallingford, UK, pp. 7-10.

Smil, V. 2002. Eating meat: evolution, patterns, and consequences. Population and Development Review 28:599-639. PDF

2001

Smil, V. 2001. Genius loci. Nature 409:21. PDF

Smil, V. 2001. Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch and the Transformation of World Food Production. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xvii + 338 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2001. Geography of energy use. In: J. Zumerchik, ed., Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy Vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, New York, pp. 567-572

Smil, V. 2001. Historical perspectives and social consequences. In: J. Zumerchik, ed., Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy Vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, New York, pp. 621-630.

Smil, V. 2001. Genius loci. Fizikai szemle 2001(1):38.

Smil, V. 2001. What we do best. Natural History 110(3):96. PDF

Smil, V. 2001. Enriching the Earth –- or what is better than composting. In: Environmental Health: Where Does Composting Fit? Proceedings of the 7th Annual Composting Conference,Composting Technology Center, Olds, AB, pp. 1-4.

Smil, V. 2001. Energy strategies for the 21st century: perils and opportunities. In: Advances in Energy Studies, S. Ulgiati et al., eds., SGE, Padova, pp. 3799-384.

Smil, V. 2001. China’s burn rate. Asiaweek 27(27):21.

Smil, V. 2001. It doesn’t add up. Asiaweek 27(46):24.

Smil, V. 2001. Global biogeochemical cycles. In: Handbook of Industrial Ecology, R.U. Ayres and L.W. Ayres, eds. Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 249-259.

Smil, V. 2001. Energias Una Guia Ilustrada de la Bioesfera y la Civilizacion. Editorial Crítica, Barcelona, 408 pp (Spanish translation of Energies). Book

Smil, V. 2001. Feeding the World A Challenge for the 21st Century. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xxviii + 360 pp (paperback edition). Book

Smil, V. 2001. Air pollution. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Science, N.J. Smelser and P.B.Baltes, eds., Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Vol. 1, pp. 355-359.

2000

Smil, V. 2000. Feeding the World: A Challenge for the 21st Century. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xxviii + 360 pp. Book

Smil, V. 2000. Laying down the law. Nature 403:597. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. China’s energy and resource uses: continuity and change. In: R.L. Edmonds, ed. Managing the Chinese Environment, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 211-227.

Smil, V. 2000. Rocky Mountain visions: a review essay. Population and Development Review26:163-176. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Development and destruction: the dimensions of China’s environmental challenge. In: T. Weston and L. Jensen, eds. China Beyond the Headlines, Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 195-215.

Smil, V. 2000. China’s environment: resilient myths and contradictory realities. In: K.K. Gaul and J. Hiltz, eds. Landscapes and Communities on the Pacific Rim, M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, NY, pp. 167-181.

Smil, V. 2000. Jumbo. Nature 406:239. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Horse power. Nature 405:125. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Water, water everywhere… Asian Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2000, p. 12.

Smil, V. 2000. Good fortune for inorganic fertilizers. Farm Chemicals International 14(3):60-61.

Smil, V. 2000. Why China should take care of its environment. In: Proceedings of Symposium on 21st Century China and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, WRAS, Washington DC, pp. 5-8.

Smil, V. 2000. Long-range perspectives on inorganic fertilizers in global agriculture. In: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Hunger, International Fertilizer Development Center, Muscle Shoals, AB, pp. 13-20.

Smil, V. 2000. Magic beans. Nature 407:567. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Cycles of Life Civilization and the Biosphere. Scientific American Library, New York, x + 221 pp (revised paperback edition). Book

Smil, V. 2000. Perils of long-range energy forecasting: reflections of looking far ahead. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 65:251-264. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Energy in the 20th century: resources, conversions, costs, uses, and consequences. Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 25:21-51. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. Phosphorus in the environment: natural flows and human interferences. Annual Review of Energy and Environment 25:53-88. PDF

Smil, V. 2000. The energy question, again. Current History 99:408-412.

Smil, V. 2000. Storia dell’energia. Società editrice il Mulino, Bologna, 420 pp. (Italian translation of Energy in World History)

Smil, V. 2000. Vaulting space. Nature 408:910.

Smil, V. 2000. All human life is here. Nature 407:643-644.

1999

Smil, V. 1999. Crop residues: agriculture’s largest harvest. BioScience 49:299-308. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. China’s megaprojects for the new millennium. Asian Wall Street Journal, April 22, 1999, p. 8.

Smil, V. 1999. China’s agricultural land. The China Quarterly 158:414-429. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. Nitrogen in crop production: An account of global flows. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 13:647-662. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. Detonator of the population explosion. Nature 400:415. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. Impacts of energy use on global biospheric cycles. In: S.J. Hassol and J. Katzenberger, eds. Elements of Change 1998. Aspen Global Change Institute, Aspen, CO, pp.153-156.

Smil, V. 1999. China’s unstable past and future. Asian Wall Street Journal, September 30, 1999, p. 8.

Smil, V. 1999. How many billions to go? Nature 401:429. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. Long-range Perspectives on Inorganic Fertilizers in Global Agriculture. Travis P. Hignett Memorial Lecture, International Fertilizer Development Center, Muscle Shoals, AB, 36 pp PDF

Smil, V. 1999. China’s great famine: 40 years later. British Medical Journal 7225:1619-1621. PDF

Smil, V. 1999. Elementaire kringlopen: Wisselwerking tussen biosfeer en beschaving. Natuur & Techniek, Beek, 216 pp. (Dutch translation of Cycles of Life)

1998

Smil, V. 1998. China’s environmental security: non-catastrophic perspectives. In: B.R. Allenby et al., eds., Environmental Threats and National Security, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 208-220.

Smil, V. 1998. Im Tal des Jangtse schlägt die Natur zurück. Weltwoche 32(August 6):1-2.

Smil, V. 1998. Nature’s services, human follies. Population and Development Review 24:613-623.

Smil, V. 1998. Food, energy, and the environment: implications for Asia’s rice agriculture. In: N.G. Dowling, S.M. Greenfield and K.S. Fischer, eds., Sustainability of Rice in the Global Food System, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines, pp. 321-331.

Smil, V. 1998. Global population: milestones, hopes, and concerns. Medicine & Global Survival 5:105-108. PDF

Smil, V. 1998. Future of oil: Trends and surprises. OPEC Review22:253-276.

Smil, V. 1998. China’s energy and resource uses: continuity and change. The China Quarterly 156:935-951.

Smil, V. 1998. Energies An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, xi + 217 pp. Book

1997

Smil, V. 1997. Cycles of Life Civilization and the Biosphere. Scientific American Library, New York, x + 221 pp.

Smil, V. 1997. China’s environment and security: simple myths and complex realities. SAIS Review 17:107-126.

Smil, V. 1997. Some unorthodox perspectives on agricultural biodiversity: the case of legume cultivation. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 62:135-144. PDF

Smil, V. 1997. Global population and nitrogen cycle. Scientific American 277(1):76-81.PDF

Smil, V. 1997. China shoulders the cost of environmental change. Environment 39(6):6-9, 33-37.

Smil, V. 1997. China’s environment and natural resources. In: C. Hudson, ed. China Handbook, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, pp. 188-197.

1996

Smil, V. 1996. Is there enough Chinese food? New York Review of Books 43(2):32-34.

Smil, V. 1996. Book of numbers. Nature379:593-594.

Smil, V. 1996. Energy and the Environment Challenges for the Pacific Rim. Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, BC, 20 pp.

Smil, V. 1996. Barriers to a sustainable China. In: D.C. Pirages, ed. Building Sustainable Societies, M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, NY, pp. 175-187.

Smil, V. 1996. Environmental Problems in China: Estimates of Economic Costs. East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, 62 pp.

Smil, V. 1996. Factors influencing China’s impact on a climate change regime. In: S.J. Rassol and J. Katzenberger, eds., Elements of Change 1995, The Aspen Global Change Institute, Aspen, CO, pp. 174-176.

Smil, V. 1996. Environmental issues and the food supply situation in China. In: S.J. Rassol and J. Katzenberger, eds., Elements of Change 1995, The Aspen Global Change Institute, Aspen, CO, pp. 247-248.

Smil, V. 1996. Umweltsünden der Kulturrevolutionäre. Tages Anzeiger 104(189):2, 16 August 1996.

Smil, V. 1996. The Developing Countries: The China Example. In: S. Rampal and S.W. Sinding, eds., Population Growth and Environmental Issues, Praeger, New York, pp. 23-30.

Smil, V. 1996. Energetica Generale: L’energia nella biosfera e nella civiltà. Edagricole, Bologna, xi + 397 pp. (Italian translation of General Energetics)

Smil, V. 1996. Chugoku no kankyo kiki. Aki shobo, Tokyo, x + 270 pp. (Japanese translation of China’s Environmental Crisis)

Smil, V. 1996. Who Will Feed China? Fourth Annual Hopper Lecture, October 22, 1996. Center for International Programs, University of Guelph, ON, 18 pp.

Smil, V. 1996. China’s Environmental Refugees: Causes, Dimensions and Risks of an Emerging Problem. In: G. Bächler and K.R. Spillmann, eds., Kriegsursäche Umweltzerstörung, Verlag Ruegger, Zürich, pp. 127-148.

Smil, V. 1996. Mushiba mareta daichi chugoku no kankyo mondai. Korosha, Kyoto, xix + 289 pp. (Japanese translation of Bad Earth)

1995

Smil, V. 1995. China’s consumption frenzy cannot last. People & the Planet 4(1):14-16.

Smil, V. 1995. L’environnement et la politique internationale. Etudes internationales26(2):361-371.

Smil, V. 1995. China’s economy. In: Colliers Encyclopedia, Collier’s, New York, pp. 293-302.

Smil, V. 1995. Energy, economy and the environment in industrializing countries. In: World Energy to the Year 2020, The Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments, New York, pp. 52-54.

Smil, V. 1995. Feeding China. Current History 94(593):280- 284.

Smil, V. 1995. Who will feed China? The China Quarterly 143:801-813.

Smil, V. 1995. China’s Environmental Refugees: Causes, Dimensions and Risks of an Emerging Problem. In: Environmental Crisis: Regional Conflicts and Ways of Cooperation, K.R. Spillmann and G. Bächler, eds., Swiss Peace Foundation, Bern, pp. 75-91.

1994

Smil, V. 1994. Der grosse Sprung in die Städte. Der Überblick 30(1):26-29.

Smil, V. 1994. Asia’s stumbling giant. The Independent, May 1994:66-69.

Smil, V. 1994. A land stretching to support its people. International Herald Tribune, May 30, p. 8.

Smil, V. 1994. Energy intensities: revealing or misleading? OPEC Review 18(1):1-23.

Smil, V. 1994. How many people can the Earth feed? Population and Development Review 20:255-292. PDF

Smil, V. 1994. The world’s forgotten wars. The Independent, July 1994:70-71.

Smil, V. 1994.The human dimensions of sustainable development: a global view. In: Energy, the Environment, and Global Economic Growth, W. Keens, ed., The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, pp. 84-87.

Smil, V. 1994. Oil – the thirsty years. The Independent, August 1994:66-67.

Smil, V. 1994. Gelber Fluss verschwindet. Profil 25(35):56-57.

Smil, V. 1994. Why many big projects are mixed blessings. International Herald Tribune, September 21, pp. 17A-17B.

Smil, V. 1994. Energy in World History. Westview Press, Boulder, CO, xviii + 300 p. Book

Smil, V. 1994. Raubzug auf letzte Ressourcen. Neue Zürcher Zeitung Folio 11:24-28.

Smil, V. 1994. China’s greenhouse gas emissions. Global Environmental Change 4:279-286.

Smil, V. 1994. Some contrarian notes on environmental threats to national security. Canadian Foreign Policy 2(2):85-87.

1993

Smil, V. 1993. Afforestation in China. In: A. Mather, ed., Afforestation Policies, Planning and Progress, Belhaven Press, London, pp. 105-117 .

Smil, V. 1993. China’s Environmental Crisis An Inquiry into the Limits of National Development. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, NY, xix + 257 pp. Book

Smil, V. 1993. How rich is China? Current History 92(575):265-269. PDF

Smil, V. 1993. Global Ecology Environmental Change and Social Flexibility. Routledge, London, xiii + 240 pp. Book

1992

Smil, V. 1992. Agricultural energy costs: National analyses. In: R.C. Fluck, ed., Energy in Farm Production, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 85-100.

Smil, V. 1992. Potential Environmental Conflicts Involving Countries of the North Pacific. North Pacific Cooperative Security Dialogue, York University, Toronto, ON, 18 pp.

Smil, V. 1992. Elusive links: energy, value, economic growth and quality of life. OPEC Review 16(1):1-21.

Smil, V. 1992. Living beyond our means. The Independent 3(7):37-38.

Smil, V. 1992. China’s emissions of greenhouse gases: status and prospects. In: T.W. Robinson, ed., The Foreign Relations of China’s Environmental Policy. The American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, pp. 65-72.

Smil, V. 1992. China’s environment in the 1980s: some critical changes. Ambio21:431-436.

Smil, V. 1992. Environmental Change as a Source of Conflict and Economic Losses in China. Occasional paper series of the project on Environmental Change and Acute Conflict 2:5-39, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA.

Smil, V. 1992. How efficient is Japan’s energy use? Current Politics and Economics of Japan 2(3/4):315-327.

1991

Smil, V. 1991. General Energetics Energy in the Biosphere and Civilization. John Wiley, New York, xiii + 369 pp. Book

Smil, V. 1991. Does energy efficiency explain Japan’s economic success? Current History 90 (555):175-178, 181. PDF

Smil, V. 1991. A guide for green sceptics. The Independent 2(9):18-19.

Smil, V. 1991. Mainland China’s agricultural prospects: some fundamental limitations. Issues & Studies27(6):45-67.

Smil, V. 1991. Global warming: what we know and what we can do. Populi 18(2):35-45.

Smil, V. 1991. Population growth and nitrogen: An exploration of a critical existential link. Population and Development Review 17:569-601.

1990

Smil, V. 1990. Planetary warming: realities and responses. Population and Development Review 16:1-29.

Smil, V. 1990. Energy costs of Chinese crop farming. In: T.C. Tso, ed., Agricultural Reform and Development in China, IDEALS, Beltsville, MD, pp. 260-267.

Smil, V. 1990. Missing energy perspectives. In: Damming the Three Gorges, G. Ryder, ed., Probe International, Toronto, pp. 101-106.

Smil, V. 1990. Feeding China’s people. Current History 80(548):257-260, 276-277.

Smil, V. 1990. Take heart: Why wine may be good for you. Wine 5(12):72-74.

Smil, V. 1990. China and Japan: energy contrasts and commonalities. In: P. N. Nemetz, ed., The Pacific Rim, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, pp. 297- 309.

Smil, V. 1990. Nitrogen and phosphorus. In: B.L. Turner et al., eds., The Earth as Transformed by Human Action, Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 423-436.

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