[KINDLE] ❁ The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity ❄ James Lovelock – Tactical-player.co.uk

The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity The Great Lovelock has written books to try and save the planet, and therefore all living creatures on it, as we are presently doing a wonderful job of destroying it all There is only one Earth and too many capitalist Mammon worshippers for it to cope with the rape and destruction meted out Read, learn and inwardly digest This book is the basis for any understanding about climate change Written by an independent scientist who has the rare gift of being able to communicate in language anyone can understand I bought these two copies to replace the ones I ve already lent out to other people We should salute the now 89 year old author, James Ephraim Lovelock Ephraim is Hebrew for fruitful an independent, dissenting voice in science Rebelling against reductionist philosophies, he took an inclusive, systems view of the planet, publishing his Gaia Hypothesis in 1970 It took over 30 years for the international scientific community to come round.Having studied chemistry at Manchester U and received his PhD in medicine at London U, Lovelock was engaged in the 1960s by NASA to find ways to detect life on Mars He realized that life would influence the atmosphere and designed an instrument to detect trace gases Thinking about the reason why Mars is so barren and Earth so fruitful, he arrived at his Hypothesis.In brief the Hypothesis stated that the Earth is not just a rock that happens to have things living on it it is a complex interacting system of soil, sea, atmosphere and living things that shows a tendency to keep itself stable in a way that supports life In particular this complex web has acted to hold temperature within a narrow range over hundreds of millions of years even as the sun warms and the planet wobbles in its orbit.Lovelock calls this system Gaia after the ancient Greek goddess of the Earth and persists in referring to Gaia as a person who acts with intent Some find this annoying and unscientific This reader accepts it as poetry and metaphor.In summary, in his latest book, Lovelock revisits his Hypothesis and argues that 1 Not only is climate change an impending disaster but an irreversible tipping point may already have been reached2 The single most important step to take now is a major switch to nuclear power3 Too many people simply do not understand the issues correctly the well meaning Greens are also at fault4 Gaia s revenge will be to restore the equilibrium of the planet by removing most of the human populationOn page 1 he states bluntly we are now so abusing the Earth that it may..move back to the hot state it was in 55 m years ago and most of us and our descendants will die He starts with a by now familiar history of the issue of climate change and goes on to say we are now approaching one of those tipping points and are like passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail He reminds us how huge are the effects of what seem like minor temperature shifts only 3 degrees separates us from the last ice age the same scale of increase now seems likely this century very rapid change indeed in geological time.The tipping point factors of climate change are by now well known 1 The poles melt and less sun is reflected this seems to be happening now2 The bogs thaw and methane is released a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2 3 The seas warm and the algae stop fixing carbon and making clouds4 The forests bake and catch fire5 Methane clathrates are released from the deep sea bedWhat makes Lovelock distinctive is his Gaian perspective He argues that 1 A cold planet is healthier than a hot one If the Earth was 5 C cooler than now as it has often been , there would be glaciers down to the English Channel But the Atlantic would be teeming and Africa would be a green garden.2 We are mistaken to think that the Earth is in a Goldilocks orbit It started out too cold for life The sun is slowly warming and now the Earth is becoming too hot So Gaia keeps tilting to coldness There have been 11 recent ice ages in the British Isles We are in the fever of a warm interglacial and would normally be heading to the cure of the ice age.3 But man has disrupted the balance, not just by burning fossil fuel but also by replacing forest with farm Gaia will do what it must to restore the balance.4 The underlying problem is that the sustainable human population is probably under 1 billion Today it is 6 billion, forecast to be 11 billion by 2050.His argument for nuclear power is simple all the other solutions produce lots of CO2 or don t work well and or take too long new approaches such as carbon sequestration take 20 40 years to mature 1 Nuclear power is tried, tested and economical and produces very little CO22 Wind power is unreliable and costly It would take 56000 large wind mills plus fossil fuel back up just to replace current nuclear capacity 20% of our total needs 3 Solar is poor for the UK unreliable and 3x expensive than conventional methods4 Wave power apart from a Severn barrage is expensive..And so on.He believes that popular misconceptions of cancer risk militate against nuclear It s arguably worse than that the UK government has ducked the issue for over a decade Only in the last few months, stampeded by the risk that a the lights will go off around 2012 and or b we will depend on a hostile Russia for gas, has the UK government moved Lovelock bemoans the fact that our political classes do not have any feel for nature or the planet They also know little of science or business and there is often a grim determination among temporary ministers to avoid difficult decisions He feels that the Green movement has lost its way for example by wanting sustainable development when much radical action is needed and for promoting low productivity organic farming when this means eating up yet of the countryside This is putting a lifestyle choice ahead of the planet He detests the Green wish to cover the land with tens of thousands of windmills.He offers several examples of similarly faulty decisions including the massive error of banning DDT Because the vocal western middle classes did not want pesticide in its food, Africans died Yet the use of DDT to kill human disease vectors posed little food risk it was abuse of DDT by farmers.Lovelock explores some blue sky technical fixes to global warming planetary sun shades, for example, but without real enthusiasm Perhaps because it would distract from his here and now message go nuclear.So are his arguments complete and wholly compelling No The central question of power sources deserves a large book in its own right Do you have to accept Gaia to believe that climate change is likely to destroy us No Do you have to accept Lovelocks wistful argument for a countryside free of windmills No.But although bits of the book can be faulted, the whole seems to me to succeed It is a well written, lively, provocative book on a critical subject and a key idea of our times written by one our most gifted and original thinkers It s nice to know that when climate Armageddon arrives the poles and the permafrost melt, the bogs and tropics catch fire and much of Southern Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA and Australia starve and fry, the Atlantic Conveyor will also switch off resulting in a local temperature drop The result could well be that the UK climate remains equable On the other hand the UK will be a shrunken archipelago, with our major cities submerged, tens of millions of people looking for a home and many millions of refugees landing on our beaches. Everyone should read this book Full of facts, trends and a science explained at its best Brilliant book Exactly as expected The book explodes the myth of the effort to produce sufficient power without a Nuclear source.With the increase in populationglobally, and the consequent need for extra tillage of forestry, and grassland, to feed people we are killing the means by whichour planet regulates both climate and temperature, hence global warming which is not good for humanity This book explores the depletion of our natural resources i.e oil, coal, gas, etc and shows the calamity that will ensue when they disappear if not replaced as he suggests Dr Lovelock makes the case for the development of nuclear power as the main saviour of our planet powerwise coupled with wind, water and other means where practicable. All good. James Lovelock S Bestselling The Revenge Of Gaia Why The Earth Is Fighting Back And How We Can Still Save Humanity Is A Dire Warning Against The Unchecked Growth Of Civilization Despite All Our Efforts To Retreat Sustainably, We May Be Unable To Prevent A Global Decline Into A Chaotic World Ruled By Brutal Warlords On A Devastated Earth For Thousands Of Years, Humans Have Exploited The Planet Without Counting The Cost Now Gaia, The Living Earth, Is Fighting Back As The Polar Icecaps Shrink And The Global Temperature Rises, We Approach The Point Of No Return Sustainable Development, Lovelock Argues, Is No Longer Possible, And The Only Open To Us May Be A Sustainable Retreat This Is The One Book You Must Read To Find Out What Is Happening, How Bad It Will Get And How We Can Survive The Most Important Book For Decades Andrew Marr The Most Important Book Ever To Be Published On The Environmental Crisis Lovelock Will Go Down In History As The Scientist Who Changed Our View Of The Earth John Gray, Independent Truly Terrifying Lovelock S Arguments Carry Conviction Than Anyone Else S Now Writing Peter Forbes, Daily Mail James Lovelock Is The Author Of Than Scientific Papers And The Originator Of The Gaia Hypothesis Now Gaia Theory He Has Written Several Books On The Subject, Including Gaia A New Look At Life On Earth, The Ages Of Gaia And The Vanishing Face Of Gaia As Well As An Autobiography, Homage To Gaia In September Prospect Magazine Named Him As One Of The World S Top Global Public Intellectuals

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