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The Resource Making the modern world : materials and dematerialization, Vaclav Smil

Making the modern world : materials and dematerialization, Vaclav Smil

Label
Making the modern world : materials and dematerialization
Title
Making the modern world
Title remainder
materials and dematerialization
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "How much further should the affluent world push its material consumption? Does relative dematerialization lead to absolute decline in demand for materials? These and many other questions are discussed and answered in Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization.Over the course of time, the modern world has become dependent on unprecedented flows of materials. Now even the most efficient production processes and the highest practical rates of recycling may not be enough to result in dematerialization rates that would be high enough to negate the rising demand for materials generated by continuing population growth and rising standards of living. This book explores the costs of this dependence and the potential for substantial dematerialization of modern economies. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization considers the principal materials used throughout history, from wood and stone, through to metals, alloys, plastics, and silicon, describing their extraction and production as well as their dominant applications. The evolving productivities of material extraction, processing, synthesis, finishing, and distribution, and the energy costs and environmental impact of rising material consumption are examined in detail. The book concludes with an outlook for the future, discussing the prospects for dematerialization and potential constraints on materials.This interdisciplinary text will provide useful perspectives for readers with backgrounds including resource economics, environmental studies, energy analysis, mineral geology, industrial organization, manufacturing, and material science"--
  • "Aiming to elucidate the complexity of material flows of modern societies, their prerequisites and their consequences"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
306.3
Index
index present
LC call number
TD793.9
LC item number
.S64 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Waste minimization
  • Materials
  • Raw materials
  • Waste minimization
  • Materials
  • Raw materials
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science
  • Konsumgesellschaft
  • Naturmaterial
  • Natürliche Ressourcen
  • Recycling
  • Ressourcenökonomie
  • Verarbeitung
  • Werkstoffkunde
  • Transition énergétique
  • Environnement
  • Dématérialisation (informatique)
  • Materials
  • Raw materials
  • Waste minimization
Label
Making the modern world : materials and dematerialization, Vaclav Smil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-221) index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
What gets included -- How we got here -- How the materials flow -- Are we dematerializing? -- Material outlook
Control code
852957153
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 229 pages
Isbn
9781119942535
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013024672
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)852957153
Label
Making the modern world : materials and dematerialization, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-221) index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
What gets included -- How we got here -- How the materials flow -- Are we dematerializing? -- Material outlook
Control code
852957153
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 229 pages
Isbn
9781119942535
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013024672
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)852957153

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