Cycles Of Life: Civilization And The Biosphere explores the crucial insight that, through their participation in biogeochemical cycles, living organisms act as a tremendously important agent of change in their environment. For example, the composition of the atmosphere has been affected by microscopic organisms of the ocean, the climate by Earth's vegetation, soil chemistry by microbes on and beneath the planet's surface. Based on the latest scientific research, Cycles Of Life is an authoritative, engaging introduction to the workings of the biosphere, one that calls for thoughtful environmental management while remaining sensible in its recommendations for preventing further environmental damage. Cycles Of Life is highly recommended reading for anyone concerned with the globally relevant environmental issues. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Vaclav Smil is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. During nearly 30 years of interdisciplinary research there, Professor Smil has focused on the interactions of environment, energy, food, population, economy, and society. He has published 16 books and more than 200 papers on these topics. His most recent books are China's Environmental Crisis, Global Ecology, Energy in World History, Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization, and Feeding the World.
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