Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature

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An interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human claims on the biosphere's stores of living matter, from prehistoric hunting to modern energy production.The biosphere -- the Earth's thin layer of life -- dates from nearly four billion years ago, when the first simple organisms appeared. Many species have exerted enormous influence on the biosphere's character and productivity, but none has transformed the Earth in so many ways and on such a scale as Homo sapiens. In Harvesting the Biosphere, Vaclav Smil offers an ...

Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature 2015, Mit Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780262528276

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Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature 2012, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

ISBN-13: 9780262018562

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