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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Methane is a green house gas and, as gaiw author has stated, lasts in the atmosphere a lot longer than Carbon Dioxide. James Lovelock’s perspective is similar to that of Derrick Jensen in many ways, though the men and their personalities are vastly different.

The industry’s continual own goals ensure that. But globally, I found the book lacking of unity, the same information uames written more than once here and there, sometimes the author seems focused mostly on the status of the countryside gevenge lives in he admits he can sound like a “nimby”the scientific basis of a coupl 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.

Take this part about nuclear waste and keep in mind he’s a big proponent of nuclear power: In a lovlock of the CLAW hypothesis, this decline in DMS production will lead to a decrease in cloud condensation nuclei and a fall in cloud albedo. That comes out as thousands of person-lifetimes, but who really minds giving up three hours of their life?

One idea of this book is that even “green” thinkers are more worried about human needs than the needs of the Earth, and scientists have been cultured to tje focused on the small picture, and more conservative in their ideas and what they push onto the public. Not that bad, he says.

One of the dangers of professional science in general is that it claims to have all the answers. 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. White ice reflects sunlight back into space, thd it melts, more dark land and water are exposed increasing light absorption. Humanity is getting the heave-ho.

Not so now, nor into the future. This was another analogy I liked. A top down view of birds dying from DDT means considering the whole environment the birds live in, not just the birds themselves.


Where to build them? Both decry the mainstream environmentalist movement that tells us we can save the planet if we just change our lifestyles, or that “sustainable development” is a panacea that will allow us to have and eat our cake the Earth. This is, again, similar to what Jensen argues, except that Jensen seeks “primitivism. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. For instance, unlike many green activists, the author is a proponent of nuclear energy and rails against the ineffectiveness of green sources like wind and hydro power that are peddled by politicians who actually have no understanding of the problem te hand.

Jul 09, Boris rated it liked it. Sheckley, who died a few weeks ago, was a sci-fi satirist and his tale was merely meant as a joke, albeit a pointed one. In the latter example, I was quite a bit less convinced. This is not even to mention the dangers of working with fossil fuels. This book could’ve used a better editor.

Uames permafrost melts, trapped methane a powerful greenhouse gas will be released. Then maybe we could produce the knowledge-book he advocates one of his only good suggestions in my view as a kind of farmer’s almanac for the future, that could help every household reacquire at least some of the basic skills oovelock how to live with instead of against nature.

Chains of volcanoes erupt. It would be great if Obama could put together a balanced commission of suitably chosen experts who were required to report quickly, weighing up the competing views and rating the arguments for and against.

See this thread for more information. The figure to the right shows a haia schematic diagram. The rest of us in the global north, including Lovelock, ought to be learning from their example.

Life on Earth, but for how much longer?

Very soon, we will pay the reckoning. The Revenge of Gaia: He loves the boons of civilization, and thinks it has done great things on a philosophical level for Gaia seeing herself from space, etc. My compassion and humanism is too strong to be able to swallow his notion of shunting aside humans to save the earth at all gaiz.

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, this revege is magical.

The Revenge of Gaia by James E. Lovelock

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 revenve and started being paid by nuclear power companies and Big Aerosol.


The whole thing is riddled with transhistorical, typically biological, assumptions about the world – a lot of quite basic evo-psych, some quite reactionary statements about sex and a truly baffling number of inappropriate comments on raceand above all a totally uncritical notion of ‘nature’ for which brace yourselves the immediate remedy would be to read some fucking Raymond Williams.

I’m more concerned with deforestation, chemicals in the food and oil spills because these are things that absolutely are undebatable. Otherwise, highly recommended, well-written piece of theory on what is yet to come. Aug 25, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Lovelick 10, Jung rated it liked it.

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Miserable ecological sinners, we are all doomed. 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, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The author then laments governments stopping farmers using DDT pesticides and the re-introduction of manure based farming. It is a very clear-headed and rational look at the problem of climate change and what we can realistically do about it.

The Revenge of Gaia

Rather than considering a whole grain plant based diet, the author would prefer to jump straight to synthesised food.

This makes sense to me. The book is not just a depressive rant on how much we’ve messed up as a species. We were born on the Earth and have a right to live on the Earth, but not to pollute and ruin the air, the oceans and the rivers and streams. In fact, I know of more than one tribe of people who revere the animals that they eat, who are endlessly thankful for their bodies as gifts, and who create special places in their mythological pantheons to the spirits of those animals.

This idea neatly dove tailed with my personal philosophy still intact that everything and everyone is related. I liked this book, and I like Loveloc Two things I learned from this book: Under future global warmingincreasing temperature may stratify the world oceandecreasing the supply of nutrients from the deep ocean to its productive euphotic zone.