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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Now, propelled by global warming, Lovelock says, a tipping point has almost been reached beyond which the Earth will not recover sufficiently to sustain human life comfortably. Wasn’t always easy to pin down where Lovelock was going.
Such rhetoric, turned up to regulo jamee throughout the book, might tempt the odd snigger, if it wasn’t also so hideously convincing and appalling in its implications.
He doesn’t want windmills on the ridge near his cottage in the English countryside — but he doesn’t mind storing all the world’s spent nuclear waste a 16 meter cube each year versus a mountain twelve miles around and a mile high for all the CO2 we’d ajmes to “sequester” in a carbon sequestration system for our current energy sources in a concrete bunker in his backyard.
Actually, I recant the first sentence of the preceding paragraph.
A New Look at Life on Earthintuitive originator of the theory that the world is a self-regulating system that, over the eons, has been able to sustain an equilibrium between hot and cold so as to support life. We are programmed by jmes inheritance to see other living things as mainly something to eat And read some of the references as well. Jul 31, Phakin rated it really liked it.
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Gaia Space–off limits to humans. Right away claxons sounded in my mind. Lovelock is renowned for his development, with biologist Lynn Margulis, in the early s of the idea of Gaia, ‘the dynamical physiological system that has kept our planet fit for life for more than three billion years’.
Tribal behaviour is surely written in the language of our genetic code, or why else would we as a mob or a crowd do the evil things that only psychopaths would do alone.
The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock
Such a future is not inevitable. I’m more concerned with deforestation, chemicals in the food and oil spills because these are things that absolutely are undebatable. In general, however, he is gloomy to the point of near suicide. One of the dangers of professional science in general is that it claims to have all the answers.
Where to build them? Lists with This Book. This idea neatly dove tailed with my personal philosophy still intact that everything and everyone is related.
Whilst the radical views proposed by Lovelock in The Revenge of Gaia are one of the books strengths, naturally they can also be its weakness due to the controversy they can muster. Lovelock wants to recreate the disastrous Mt. He offers a lot of ideas, some that have been developed but not implemented, and others that are still in the realm of science fiction, but may be realistic if adapted accordingly. Just civilized society–leave indigenous groups out of it!!
One note at the end of the book claims that the Gaia theory advanced ten hypothesis that were afterwards confirmed, but there isn’t even the simple list of these hypothesis.
Today Gaia is mainstream. Instead he sees nuclear energy as the only energy source that can meet our needs in time to prevent catastrophe. Rebenge instead, any possibility of socialist change – or any change at all, for environmental problems rwvenge genetic and technological rather than societal – is totally avoided.
And we hear that the area around Chernobyl, which I’d pictured as a kind of radioactive desert filled with mutant lizards and road warriors, is a lush, green paradise. Carbon dioxide is being pumped into the atmosphere at such rates that a point of no return, ‘a tipping point’, will be reached in a decade or so and global hhe will abruptly soar. Lovelock proposed that instead of providing negative feedback in the climate system, the components of the CLAW hypothesis may act to create a positive feedback loop.
Some of us live in air-conditioned houses and we are entertained by the media. Lovelock’s solutions are Euro-centric and require economic investments which “developing” nations simply can’t muster.
The Revenge of Gaia
So to keep the lovely British countryside free of ugly, awful wind farms, and still give Brits the power I guess to listen to Purcell concerts and read books on tape? Very soon, we will pay the reckoning. The scariest part is, he’s no crank.
There they begin their work: Whilst many may not agree with the solutions to the global warming crisis that are by Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia is exceedingly well written and serves as a stark reminder as to what may happen if immediate action is not taken to remedy the damage humanity has caused to the Earth. Just like those sci-fi settlers, humanity is about to get the elbow, it seems. He justifies that low level radiation, the equivalent of Europe receiving x-rays only decreases our life span by a few days at best and aren’t European Nations wondering how to pay pensions to “ancient citizens” anyway?
And even in our best intentions, we often cause more harm than good.
This book could’ve used a better editor. But what to do, hopefully before it is too late?
I was however rather less enamoured by the central ‘Gaia’ hypothesis, and by a number of other slightly nonsensical analogies used by an author – to me these simplifications added little and in fact raised numerous questions which weakened his generally reasonable points.