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Vanishing Face of Gaia (09 Edition)by James Lovelock
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Celebrities drive hybrids, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize, and supermarkets carry no end of so-called “green” products. And yet the environmental crisis is only getting worse. In The Vanishing Face of Gaia, the eminent scientist James Lovelock argues that the earth is lurching ever closer to a permanent “hot state” – and much more quickly than most specialists think. There is nothing humans can do to reverse the process; the planet is simply too overpopulated to halt its own destruction by greenhouse gases.
In order to survive, mankind must start preparing now for life on a radically changed planet. The meliorist approach outlined in the Kyoto Treaty must be abandoned in favor of nuclear energy and aggressive agricultural development on the small areas of earth that will remain arable.
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.
"Lovelock (The Revenge of Gaia) presents evidence of a dire future for our planet. The controversial originator of Gaia theory (which views Earth as a self-regulating, evolving system made of 'organisms, the surface rocks, the ocean and the atmosphere' with the goal 'always to be as favorable for contemporary life as possible') proposes an even more inconvenient truth than Al Gore's. No voluntary human act can reduce our numbers fast enough even to slow climate change.' Nevertheless, human civilization has a 'duty to survive' in the few safe havens — the far north and south, islands like Great Britain and Tasmania — free from the drought that will overtake most of the Earth. While Lovelock's propensity to ramble is disconcerting, his predictions are persuasive — although some readers will be appalled by his contention that democracy may need to be abandoned to appropriately confront the challenge." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Lovelock, a scientist who has written for many years about the dangers of ignoring the problems of the environment, has finally come to the conclusion that global warming is leading to a disruption of life on earth. He sees no option but to circle the wagons and try to preserve the species until the planet heals itself. This book is in the nature of a memoir, for Lovelock and for the earth. Using the ancient name of Gaia for the planet, he sees the world as a living being in which all elements are intertwined. The advent of humanity, which over populated the world and used up resources faster than they could be replaced, has put Gaia past the tipping point. While Lovelock makes some proposals for slowing the process, he sees no chance for most of the population to survive as the coastline floods and the fields dry. Lovelock may very well be right in his hypothesis but since he neglected to provide citations of scientific studies for any of his data, this book remains only one man's opinion. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A preeminent environmental scientist contends that it’s too late to reverse global warming—and argues that mankind must prepare to adapt to a very hot future
About the Author
James Lovelock is the author of more than two hundred scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory) on which he has written several books. Since 1994 he has been an honorary visiting fellow of Green College, University of Oxford. In September 2005, Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s top 100 global public intellectuals. He lives in Louceston, England.
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