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Cycles of Life: Civilization and the Biosphere (Scientific American Library Series #63)
by Vaclav Smil
Exploring the scientific side of the Gaia hypothesis, this work describes how living organisms assure their survival by actively participating in complex cycling of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur. Updates are provided on the complex interplay of human beings, other organisms, and biospheric changes.
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published 1996 by Scientific American Library
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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.
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 ...more
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