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Reports and Reviews: Book Review:METABOLISM OF THE ANTHROPOSPHERE. P. Baccini, and P. H. Brunner (eds). Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 44 Hartz Way, Secaucus, N. J. 07096-2491, U.S.A. 1991, 157 pp. (55 Figs), U.S. 579.00 (pb). Reviewed by Dr Clarence G. Golueke, CalRecovery Inc. Hercules, CA 94547, U.S.A

Reports and Reviews: Book Review:METABOLISM OF THE ANTHROPOSPHERE. P. Baccini, and P. H. Brunner (eds). Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 44 Hartz Way, Secaucus, N. J. 07096-2491, U.S.A. 1991, 157 pp. (55 Figs), U.S. 579.00 (pb). Reviewed by Dr Clarence G. Golueke, CalRecovery Inc. Hercules, CA 94547, U.S.A

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Reports and ReviewsBook ReviewMETABOLISM OF THE ANTHROPOSPHERE. P. Baccini, and P. H. Brunner (eds). Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 44 Hartz Way, Secaucus, N. J. 07096-2491, U.S.A. 1991, 157 pp. (55 Figs), U.S. 579.00 (pb). Reviewed by Dr Clarence G. Golueke, CalRecovery Inc. Hercules, CA 94547, U.S.A SAGE Publications, Inc.1992DOI: 10.1177/0734242X9201000409 This book is an intriguing departure from the usual publication on man and the environment. Before proceeding further, attention is called to the fact that with only the odd exception, the following concepts, discussions, rationalizations, data, etc., are gleaned from the book. The departure mentioned above begins with the title, in that despite the book's focus on the anthroposphere (man's immediate environment), its scope embraces all material fluxes (man's activities) and their effects on the biosphere. These material fluxes constitute the metabolism of the anthroposphere. Accordingly, the authors introduce the methodology of flux analysis and exemplify its application to the qualifying and quantifying of the metabolism of complex biological and cultural systems. The authors claim that the material flux analysis method should be a key tool for every environmental impact study and every long-term strategy in the development of products, technical processes and regional economics. Special emphasis is
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