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Stories by Vaclav Smil

The Paradox of Growth

Average global per capita GDP has skyrocketed since 1950, but damage to the biosphere has increased dramatically as well—and decoupling the two remains an enormous challenge

7 hours ago — Vaclav Smil

China's Food

After the many disruptions of recent decades the output of China's farms about equals the need for food. Whether the balance can be maintained depends on how the nation copes with some problems...

December 1, 1985 — Vaclav Smil
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