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The global temperature is rising, the ice caps are melting, and levels of pollution across the world have reached unprecedented heights. According to eminent scientist James Lovelock, in order to survive an assault from her dependents, the Earth is lurching ever closer to a permanent hot state.” Within the next century, we will almost certainly be forced to give up many of the comforts of western living as supplies are threatened. Only the fittestand the smartestwill survive.
A reluctant jeremiad from one of the environmental movement’s elder statesmen, The Vanishing Face of Gaia offers an essential wake-up call for the human race.
Published: Basic Books on Apr 14, 2009
Bits of brilliant science interspersed with random tidbits of complete conjecture. I agree that the green movement is doing more harm than good. I would love to hear a debate between him and Ray Kurzweil. Some of this was so incredibly refreshing (his opinion of nuclear power) and other bits just made me go 'hum'. I will never look at a wind turbine the same way again. He seems to have lost touch with political reality. Even though he stated that we are tribal carnivores - I don't see the world taking down all national borders any time soon so that the 'moist cool' areas could be made to support what humanity there is. We can't even agree there is a problem...and the ones who have don't agree on what that problem is. I think his perspective on the human race in relation to earth is spot on - we are mere fairly powerless symbiotic parasites, nothing special really.read more
Lovelock believes it is too late to prevent a hot earth, and that most green options are hollow. Still, we can save the species and there is hope in that,Promotes nuclear power. Even given the Fukushima disaster I think that nuclear must be explored as an option.read more
Once more, with feeling: the nonagenarian Gaia theorist reiterates the opinions and dire prognostications of _The Revenge of Gaia_. Wind energy no, nuclear and solar-thermal yes, geoengineering measures maybe, global heating and drastic population decrease probably unavoidable.read more
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