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5.0 out of 5 stars Can science save Gaia?, 14 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity (Hardcover)
What makes James Lovelock's book so compelling is a combination of three ingredients - first, his defense of the Earth's biosphere as a self-regulating system; second, his persuasive analysis that indicates how close we are to the tipping point beyond which Gaia loses her self-regulating, regenerative qualities; and thirdly, his total commitment to science along with a refusal to indulge in any spiritualist hocus pocus which taints the work of so many other environmentalists. In his mid-80s, Lovelock remains truly a giant in the green movement - his arguments demand to be heard equally by those blissfully ignorant on the dangerous path that the Earth has entered under the influence of capitalist development (are there still any?) and by those who look for easy scapegoats, whether they are called 'big business', 'big science' or 'big government'.

But Lovelock's book may indeed underplay the negative influence of science which has fuelled all those (often irrational) public concerns and anxieties. In addition to science, we need a political will, international cooperation and the shock value of books like this to help initiate the kind of resonse that might help prevent Gaia's revenge.
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