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James Lovelock will go down in history as the scientist who changed our view of the Earth from a barren rock covered with a thin coating of life. In The Revenge of Gaia, bestselling author James Lovelock- father of climate studies and originator of the influential Gaia theory which views the entire earth as. The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back—and How We Can Still Save James Lovelock, Author, Crispin Tickell, Foreword by.

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This means that in order to get off fossil fuels immediately, we need to implement all of the large-scale replacements we can. This idea bothered me so much that I couldn’t finish the book and had to put it down.

The electricity system exists as a communal, but almost wholly unconscious, activity. Miserable ecological sinners, we are all doomed.

The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock

All our lives could depend on making the right decisions over the next ten years, and we still don’t know what’s going on. I never believed this and never believed in the private ownership of land. He’s not down with the hippie stuff at this point. Gaia, the living planet he first in modern times identified as lf, and British “civilization” which has been one of the forces most destructive o If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, then Lovelock is surely a giant here. This book oc that if we don’t take care of Gaia, especially as she is aging and weakening, Gaia will “self-regulate” lovelok into extinction to save itself.

James Lovelock’s perspective is similar to that of Derrick Jensen in many ways, though the men and their personalities are vastly different. Or is there a way out yet? Right away claxons sounded in my mind. What about Three Mile Island and Chernobyl?

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For what it’s worth, I don’t think that was the case – but he is deeply marked by the company he keeps mostly high-profile scientists, many of them working for companies, and the NIMBYs he encounters in his beleaguered south-west and the tension he articulates is a real storm within him. He talks about cellphones and the internet being good things because they keep us from getting on planes and in cars, in the absence of any evidence to this effect, and the presence of much evidence that they further disconnect us from any sense of ourselves as part of the natural world.

Oh, and the third world has somehow unfairly been denied the DDT that’s what Africa really needs to thd, by elitist liberals in the north. Earth will adjust to these stresses, but on time scales measured in the hundreds of millennia. Humanity is getting the heave-ho. Tribal revege are intelligent, resourceful, sensitive, vivacious, and creative, and they have strong social cohesion It’s a fairly concise book that brings home the stark reality of the damage we’re doing to planet Earth really well.

Mar 29, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: White ice reflects sunlight back into space, as it melts, more dark land and water are exposed increasing light absorption. Lovelock explains how the models work — and concludes that it’s likely too late to avoid the coming heat age.

I can’t recommend this book too highly.

According to the theory, all breathing things, from algae to elephants, are locked in self-regulating cycles of reproduction and behaviour which optimise conditions for life’s sustenance.

Wind farms are apparently a bad idea because they make the view of his part of revenve countryside an eyesore and the only way to meet our energy needs is with nuclear power.

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The Revenge of Gaia

Oct 17, Rebecca rated it it was ok. In this disturbing new book, Lovelock guides us toward a hard agia We are just like the termites who, without thought, build their spacious air-conditioned skyscraper communities. And, no I am not a Communist, the government shouldn’t own the land, no one should.

The figure to the right shows a summarising schematic diagram. But now, says Lovelock, that organism is sick. Does he mean nuclear power plants built by the lowest bidder? And sociologically, I can’t help but think that fake food, and some of his other ideas about changing city life may actually improve the human condition, maybe even eliminate hunger and homelessness all together.

The “age of enlightenment” resulted in exploitation, reductionism, industrial pollution, phrenology the scientific validation of racial superioritylive vivisection even on dogs”objective” lofelock and rigid classification often hierarchicaland vast tevenge examples of numb cruelty e.

Lovelock’s warning that we must change to survive is very real, but I can’t help thinking there is a lot in the future unanticipated in this book.

The choice could not be clearer – not just socialism ot barbarism, but socialism or barbarisms of two types. He advocates requiring airliners to release sulphur as they fly to decrease global warming.

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