Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy…
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Smil, V. 1976. China’s Energy: Achievements, Problems, Prospects. New York: Praeger Publishers, xxi + 246 pp.
Smil, V. and W.E. Knowland, eds. 1980. Energy in the Developing World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 386 pp.
Smil, V., P. Nachman and T.V. Long, II. 1982. Energy Analysis in Agriculture An Application to U.S. Corn Production. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, Boulder, xvi + 191 pp.
Smil, V. 1983. Biomass Energies: Resources, Links, Constraints. New York: Plenum Press, xxi + 453 pp.
Smil, V. 1984. The Bad Earth: Environmental Degradation in China. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xvi + 245 pp.
Smil, V. 1985. Carbon Nitrogen Sulfur: Human Interference in Grand Biospheric Cycles. New York: Plenum Press, xv + 459 pp.
Smil, V. 1987. Energy Food Environment: Realities Myths Options. Oxford: Oxford University Press, ix + 361 pp.
Smil, V. 1988. Energy in China’s Modernization. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, xiv + 250 pp.