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 insane, disassociated, demented behavior was rationalized by intellectual proponents who believed that they had or could find out “all the answers. In the video, Lovelock comes off as an eminently reasonable but quite cantankerous old British scientist, with all the charm that implies. This makes sense to me. I’ve grown much more suspicious recently because of the leaked emails where the two scientists were discussing falsifying data to over dramaticize global warming.

Every industrial country operates this way, starting with England’s Colonialism and Industrial Revolution, and continuing on to this day with China. The concept of Gaia was initially greeted with scepticism by researchers who thought it suggested Earth was a living entity.

The “age of enlightenment” resulted in exploitation, reductionism, industrial pollution, phrenology the scientific validation of racial superioritylive vivisection even on dogs”objective” static and rigid classification often hierarchicaland vast other examples of numb cruelty e. The electricity system exists as a communal, but almost wholly unconscious, activity.

In both, he warns about a coming climate catastrophe that he believes will be sudden and devastating to life on earth particularly to humans after civilization collapses. However, he is not a sociologist and he’s almost years old so if you pay little attention to the opinions that are attached to the social issues he raises, ,ovelock book is magical.

In the face of what might come which he sees as a threat to civilization as we know it, radiation yaia seems minor. Lovelock brings Gaia theory up to date by explaining the positive feedback mechanisms that have led us into a runaway greenhouse effect.

For example, he argues that the banning of DDT by cancer-paranoid Westerners was a crime against the malaria-ridden third-world. I had to put the book down for a bit because of how sad it was, and povelock we have done deep, irreversible damage to Gaia. Lovelock goes into great detail trying to find possible sustainable solutions concerning our need for energy and consumption.

The Revenge of Gaia explains the stress the planetary system is under and how humans are contributing to it, what the consequences will be, and what humanity must do to rescue itself.


However, researchers simulating future oceanic primary production have found evidence of declining production with increasing ocean stratification, [2] [3] leaving open the possibility that such a mechanism may exist.

I felt very strong hate and disgust for some of his uninformed claims, for his form I read The Revenge of Gaia in order to understand Lovelock’s analysis of climate change and what’s in store for our future, and for that I am not sorry I read it. Gaia, the living planet he first in modern times identified as such, 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.

With few options to reconcile his two halves, Lovelock reaches for the solution seemingly beloved by every prominent biologist of a certain age – controls on population growth.

Critical reception Whilst the ervenge 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.

Loveloc gripping book outlining a ‘newly discovered’ perspective on the biosphere of our planet, expanding Darvin’s theory of evolution itself. Soon, she will switch to red-hot mode, as has happened before, and, by the time she has recovered, the works of man will have been turned to dust.

Well, it sounds plausible, but then so did the last version. No trivia or quizzes yet. Lovelock explains how the models work — and concludes that it’s likely too late to avoid the coming heat age. I know that most of the major environmental activist groups recieve funding from people like Exxon, the Ford Foundation, jamws Rockefeller Foundation, etc.

Near shorelines where Tsunamis can strike? Probably the gevenge telling thing is Lovelock talks about how after Rachel Thf Silent Spring came out exposing how DDT pesticide was killing people he talks glowingly of the reaction of “Lord” Victor Rothschild, one of whose corporations was one of the worlds biggest manufacturers of DDT.

I was looking forward, savoring reading the words of who I had perceived as an intellectual kindred soul. In fact, a better analogy is that of a jzmes self-regulator valve, like those used by engineers to control machine outputs.

Best if you have some rudimentary familiarity with science, and earth science in particular — but not necessary. And where are we to dispose of nuclear waste? Miserable ecological sinners, we are all doomed.

And, no I am not a Communist, the government shouldn’t own the land, no one should. Otherwise, highly recommended, well-written piece of theory on what is yet to come. The book is chauvinistically Anglo-centric. His proposal for concentrated factory farms to leave more of earth’s area over loveloc nature is just plainly ridiculous, and shows Lovelock is not very savvy when it comes to sustainable food prodcution, which does him no credit unfortunately.


The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock

Beam me up Scotty The preference of wildlife for nuclear waste sites suggests that the best sites for its disposal are the tropical forests and other habitats in need of a reliable guardian against their destruction by hungry farmers and developers. 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.

Just civilized society–leave indigenous groups out of it!! Another story he tells is the massive accidental release of radioactivity from Windscale in the UK. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It’s this kind of narrow minded attitude to others ideas that means we’ll never come to the consensus needed to get out of this mess. It is grand, biblical stuff, like an evangelical preacher cursing his wayward congregation. And the inconsistencies this provokes can be jarring – pages after recognising that densely populated cities are much friendlier to Gaia than suburban sprawl and surely for that matter, rural sprawlLovelock starts to denounce city-dwellers and all they represent for being out-of-touch with ‘nature’.

Life on Earth, but for how much longer?

Return to Book Page. But he assures us that there were none. See this thread for more information. We were told that Chernobyl caused thousands of deaths. The scariest part is, he’s no crank. But given the rate at which we are rushing pell-mell to disaster, I cannot blame Lovelock. There’s nothing wrong with the writing or the subjects he explores, but the conclusions he comes to and the opinions he holds, are to me the signs of an older scientist gone cynical and conservative, and who is clearly out of touch with much of the larger social and global debate concerning agricultural and energetic sustainability.

I enjoyed quite some of the many “anecdotes” about climate and world change, and also I was intellectually stimulated by the alternative vision of some topics nuclear energy, radiations, species diversity and evolutions, etc. May 07, Adam rated it liked it Shelves:

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