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Cycles of Life: Civilization and the Biosphere (Scientific American Library Series #63)

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Once seen as a collection of individual components, nature is now regarded as a unified system—a biosphere that permeates the Earth’s waters and extends from parts of its crust up into the atmosphere.

In Cycles of Life, Vaclav Smil describes current efforts to take into account the complex interplay of living organisms and environmental changes that shape the functioning of
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Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by W. H. Freeman (first published 1996)
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Feb 04, 2014 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provides a data driven, systems perspective on a few of the fundamental environmental engines that shape our planet and the way human activities influence this. It would be great if all educated people endeavored to ground themselves with a little understanding of this science. Unfortunately, it takes a bit of patience, and a willingness to look beyond one's direct personal experiences to soldier through the material.
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Educational- think college textbook in environmental studies
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Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.

He has published 35 books and more than 400 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and the
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