James Lovelock’s Gaia Pessimism

Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis that the Earth was a super-organism maintained by the web of life was at first seen as a maverick notion but since he framed it in the 1960s, it has seen its status raised to that of a Theory.  It is highly relevant to the  “Spaceship Earth” metaphor that also promotes a ‘big picture’ view of our planetary home. A recent article in the British newspaper the Guardian here was based on an interview of the nonagenarian Lovelock who has now written seven books on his Gaia Theory.  His predictions have become progressively more pessimistic and, as the article reports,  he now anticipates a major planetary crisis in around 20 years’ time.


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