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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The Revenge of Gaia – James Lovelock

Nuclear has some disadvantages, of course, revejge plenty more than Lovelock believes it has, but they pale in comparison with accelerated climate change. Open Preview See a Problem? All in all, this was a great book, though possibly a bit outdated as it was published in The conflict between writing such a ‘human-centric’ and oft ‘Britain-centric’ book warning against our current lifestyles leading oof the collapse of our ecosystem sand the definition of Gaia in slightly anthropomorphic terms as ‘a self-governing Earth, and all the chemical, gaiw and biological processes within it, including human life’ was troublesome for me.

In one of the most distressing passages, he blames globalized society’s inability to take decisive action to care for the environment on The book is chauvinistically Anglo-centric. Return to Book Page.

Life on Earth, but for how much longer?

Lovelock might ramble and his ideas may sometimes seem strange or oddly biased, but he’s always thought-provoking, and that’s the main reason I like reading his books. Yes … fusion, the same energy that powers the sun! No, we are not programmed by genetic inheritance to be lovepock and sadistic.

I understand that you might be better served to read “The Ages of Gaia” than this, which I will. Of course it would be difficult to perform retro-research after so many years to see if any oovelock cancers clustered downwind from the leak.


But I think that humans. This is not to say that tribal people are never violent. Makes a convincing argument for nuclear power. Loveoock whole flow and timing of the words, the thoughts, are different. However, there is a marked difference between a singular act of violence and a systemic flaw in social structure that allows for destruction on a pathological scale.

He cites in the first case the irrational fear of nuclear energy that the green movement is championing, which prevents us from switching over much of our grid to nuclear as o way to quickly and feasibly reduce CO2 emissions. His proposal for concentrated factory farms to leave more of earth’s area over to 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. So it gets two stars.

The Revenge of Gaia

The barbarism of human extinction and planetary ruin, or the ‘barbarism’ of Lovelock’s vision: Aug 25, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 01, Richard rated it really liked it. Or as Lovelock puts it: White ice reflects sunlight back into space, as it melts, more dark land and water are lf increasing light absorption. But instead, any possibility of socialist change – or any change at all, for environmental problems are genetic and technological rather than societal – is totally avoided.

His tirades against cancer and his clear Anglo-centrism aside, I share his realism and heed his warnings, even this long thereafter.

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Whilst the radical 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. Lovelock proposed that instead of providing negative feedback in the climate system, the components of the CLAW hypothesis may act to create a positive feedback loop.


It is worth quoting at length Lovelock’s description of the place of electricity in contemporary society: 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.

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. 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.

ov We think that we are more intelligent than stone-agers, yet how many modern humans could live successfully in caves, or would know how to light wood fires for cooking, or make clothes and shoes from animal rfvenge or bows and arrows good enough to keep their families fed? This article about a book on the environment is a stub. He bristled that his beloved England was censored by the Nordic Nations over acid rain falling on their land in the ‘s, but then goes on a bizarre tangent and says that acid rain clouds stagnantly hovering over European cities is a good thing because the presence of these clouds cools the earth.

The planet fights back.

Want to Read saving…. Will insects eating the dead bird ingest the DDT too?