The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock

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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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Published August 2, 2007 by Basic Books. 210 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Ecological Ethics: An Introduction, by Patrick Curry 224pp, Polity, £14.99 Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis, by Jeremy Leggett 320pp, Portobello, £12.99 The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back - And How We Can Still Save Humanity, by James Lovelock 192pp, Alle...

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The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock Allen Lane £16.99, pp177 There is a classic short story by Robert Sheckley, the American science-fiction author, which tells of a group of settlers who land on a distant planet.

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it is the considered, quite probably final, view of the likely future from the now 80-plus James Lovelock, the man who 40 years ago conceived the theory of Gaia – in his words: A view of the Earth that sees it as a self-regulating system made up from the totality of organisms, the surface rocks, ...

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London Review of Books

Work consulted in the writing of this piece: Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert (Bloomsbury, 210 pp., £14.99, June 2006, 978 0 7475 8383 7) Dictionary of Environment and Conservation by Chris Park (Oxford, 522 pp., £19.99, November 2006, 978 0 19 860995 7) After Eden: The Evoluti...

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Amerian Scientist

Brian Hayes's review of James Lovelock's book The Revenge of Gaia ("Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Gaia!", September-October 2006) does a disservice to efforts to combat anthropogenic climate change, the major challenge facing society.

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