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 Backā€”and How We Can Still Save James Lovelock, Author, Crispin Tickell, Foreword by.

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Engagement with the masses is limited to an educational exercise admittedly quite an ambitious gais – writing a Bible-cum-Encyclopaedia, in a single volume! It is a very clear-headed and rational look at the problem of climate change and what we can realistically do about it.

He’s not down with the hippie stuff at this point. I read The Revenge of Gaia in order jmes 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.

And sociologically, I can’t help but think that fake food, and some of his other ideas about changing city life may actually improve the human condition, maybe even eliminate hunger and homelessness all together. In a similar tone to his first book, Gaia, he stresses how all life on this planet is connected and we somehow form a living world that is lobelock regulating and alive.

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.

This is not to say that tribal people are never violent. Decoding that has revealed the errors of previous failed civilisationswhich we are repeating now.

Sep 27, Andy Gibb rated it it was ok. Lists with This Book. To me, the author makes a lot of sense in some areas, like the need to reduce our carbon emissions and the need to stop destroying natural resources that are integral to keeping our planet alive.

But loevlock fundamental flaw is in not seeing kames it’s not Yhe civilization he ought to be trying to preserve at all costs but the lifeways of millions of people taia actually have a knowledge and understanding of Gaia that extends back far before Lovelock and William Golding took their now-famous walk through that English village.


Life in the ocean cannot survive above certain temperatures, as the surface of the ocean warms, algae, which converts CO2 into O2 will die, causing CO2 emissions to increase. Jjames the video, Lovelock comes off as an eminently reasonable but quite cantankerous old British scientist, with all the charm that implies. If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, then Lovelock is surely a giant here.

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’.

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Return to Book Page. I had to put the book down for a bit because of how sad it was, and how we have done deep, irreversible damage to Gaia. Jul 31, Phakin rated it really liked it.

Since I was unfamiliar with Lovelock and his Gaia hypothesis, I was half-expecting this to be some “New Age”, spiritual, totally unhelpful look at climate change, loovelock I was pleasantly surprised. But when our current trajectory is set against the long history of mankind, starting with how we harnessed fire to clear forests, and we think about how much we’ve changed the planet, then it becomes clear that we are a powerful force, and we should make a choice about how to direct that power.

Life on Earth, but for how much longer?

His other great trait is his focus giaa the long term and the big picture, in a way that’s compelling and even inspirational. Will insects eating the dead bird ingest the DDT too?

If any of these groups can do some good they have my support but how can they be trusted when they are being financially propped up by the people that cause the problems to begin with? Wilson reminded us, tribal carnivores.

But now, says Lovelock, that organism is sick. Though himself acknowledging that population growth isn’t the sole or even main cause of environmental change, that the problem isn’t how many people there are but how they live, and that at the present moment there is tremendous inequality in what those lives look like – without anywhere else to turn perhaps a turn to socialism would upset the Goldsmiths and Lovelock’s neighbourshe joins Attenborough and others in calling for population to be limited, in Lovelock’s case to between a billion and half a billion people.


While Lovelock’s Gaia Theory is still in my opinion flawed because he isn’t careful enough to define what he lovepock by Mother Earth having a goal, I do think that anyone wanting to understand life on earth as a big interconnected system would benefit from this relatively loovelock read. 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?

The differences are also striking, however. The book is about the importance of having a holistic view of the world and how it works and how our neglect of this viewpoint is leading us to ruin and chaos. Crispin Tickell Foreword by.

The Revenge of Gaia

I would recommend much of this message to be read by a great many folks too ignorant of the impact of human activity on our planet. Rather than considering a whole grain plant based diet, the author would prefer to jump straight to synthesised food. Jul 27, Adam Dolphin rated it really liked it. Caught between technological utopianism nuclear fusion, gigantic airships, synthesised food and a man-made ocean mist and gloomy apocalypticism deep ecology, every-cure-will-kill-us-and-especially-wind-farmsa cynic might suggest that Lovelock took the easy way out in the s and started being paid by nuclear power companies and Big Aerosol.

But what is a given is that our climate is changing, the earth is ailing and cannot continue to support the machinations of corporate greed, rampant consumerism, and untrammeled pollution, rape and pillage.