The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity

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Basic Books, Aug 2, 2007 - Science - 208 pages
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The key insight of Gaia Theory is that the entire Earth functions as a single living super-organism. But according to James Lovelock, the theory's originator, that organism is now sick. It is running a fever born of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases. Earth will adjust to these stresses, but the human race faces a severe test. It is already too late, Lovelock says, to prevent the global climate from “flipping” into an entirely new equilibrium that will threaten civilization as we know it. But we can do much to save humanity. In the tradition of Silent Spring, this is a call to address a major threat to our collective future.
 

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

I do not know whether you, like me, listening to the moaning of the Greens, telling us that the world is doomed unless we give up our lifestyle, NOW. Eating lentils and chanting appear to be the only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jewsbury - LibraryThing

Lovelock is a non-conformist thinker with an entertaining writing style. His book is an appeal from the heart. It is slightly rough around the edges but it carries a forceful message. Put simply the ... Read full review

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Page 8 - I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where ox-lips and the nodding violet grows ; Quite over-canopied with lush woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine...
Page xvi - The Earth System behaves as a single, selfregulating system comprised of physical, chemical, biological and human components. The interactions and feedbacks between the component parts are complex and exhibit multi-scale temporal and spatial variability.
Page 5 - The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988.
Page 11 - We have no time to experiment with visionary energy sources; civilization is in imminent danger and has to use nuclear...
Page xiv - Before this century is over, billions of us will die, and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains...

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James Lovelock is the originator of Gaia Theory, on which he has written several books. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. He has received honorary Doctorates in Science from seven universities in England, Sweden, and the United States. He was made a C.B.E. in 1990, and in 2003 a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Cornwall, Britain.

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