New Realities and Counterintuitive Worlds:

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168754
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783601 | DOI:
 New Realities and Counterintuitive Worlds:

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Technical advances based on unprecedented levels of energy use brought a new phenomenon of mass consumption as well as many obvious gains in the typical quality of life. However, they have not substantially reduced economic inequality. They also introduced new risks (ranging from car accidents to nuclear weapons) and some worrisome environmental changes, especially the possibility of relatively rapid global warming.

Keywords: technical advances; energy use; mass consumption; quality of life; economic inequality; risks; environmental changes; global warming

Chapter.  20856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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