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The Revenge of Gaia

Gaia is used as a wonderfully expressive metaphor for a planet under threat.

The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back - And How We Can Still Save Humanity

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Product name: The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back - And How We Can Still Save Humanity

Reviewer: Jenny Blackford

Author: James Lovelock

Publisher: Penguin/Allen Lane

Price: $29.95

Size: 177 PAGES

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5

Decades ago, scientist James Lovelock became famous for the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth (or Gaia) is a self-regulating system that manages to keep the climate and chemical composition comfortable for living organisms.

In The Revenge of Gaia, a short, thoughtful, poetic book written when an 86-year-old Lovelock, he tells us that we need to take urgent, drastic action to save Gaia, and ourselves, from the impending disaster of global warming.

In fact, he fears that we might already have passed the threshold of irreversible heating.

He makes a passionate yet rational plea for the use of nuclear energy as the safest alternative energy source.

Lovelock writes about Gaia as if she were alive, as a wonderfully expressive metaphor for a planet that has been able to keep itself fit for life - but is now under threat.

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