James Lovelock’s The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning is a prophetic message for mankind from one of the most influential scientists of our age. James Lovelock’s Gaia theory, the idea that our planet is a living, self-regulating system, has transformed the way we see our planet and what is now happening to it. In this book he distils a lifetime’s wisdom and observation of the Earth to reveal the rate at which our climate is altering, how conventional ‘green’ measures are not working, and how life as we know it is going to change forever.
Only Gaia, he shows, can help us fully understand this, and prepare us for the future.
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 Surviving Gaia’s Revenge, 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, Surviving Gaia’s Revenge offers an essential wake-up call for the human race.
About the author:
James Lovelock is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). He has written three books on the subject: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth , The Ages of Gaia and Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine , as well as an autobiography, Homage to Gaia . In September 2005 Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s top 100 global public intellectuals.