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Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences$
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Vaclav Smil

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195168755.001.0001

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New Realities and Counterintuitive Worlds:

New Realities and Counterintuitive Worlds:

Accomplishments and Concerns

(p.253) 6 New Realities and Counterintuitive Worlds:
Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Vaclav Smil (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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