The Vanishing Face of Gaia

The Vanishing Face of Gaia

A Final Warning

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The inventor of the Gaia theory argues that is it too late to reverse global warming and that humankind must adapt to a rising global temperature.

Perseus Publishing
A preeminent environmental scientist contends that it’s too late to reverse global warming?and argues that mankind must prepare to adapt to a very hot 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 The Vanishing Face of Gaia, 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, The Vanishing Face of Gaia offers an essential wake-up call for the human race.

Book News
Lovelock, a scientist who has written for many years about the dangers of ignoring the problems of the environment, has finally come to the conclusion that global warming is leading to a disruption of life on earth. He sees no option but to circle the wagons and try to preserve the species until the planet heals itself. This book is in the nature of a memoir, for Lovelock and for the earth. Using the ancient name of Gaia for the planet, he sees the world as a living being in which all elements are intertwined. The advent of humanity, which over populated the world and used up resources faster than they could be replaced, has put Gaia past the tipping point. While Lovelock makes some proposals for slowing the process, he sees no chance for most of the population to survive as the coastline floods and the fields dry. Lovelock may very well be right in his hypothesis but since he neglected to provide citations of scientific studies for any of his data, this book remains only one man's opinion. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780465015498
Branch Call Number: 577.27 LOV
Characteristics: ix, 278 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jul 24, 2010

In the midst of reading this very challenging book. Challenging, in that he has a profound love for our planet, (Gaia), yet mocks the "green movement" and the concept of "renewable" energy and is a strong supporter of nuclear energy. So far, he has failed to criticize the how humankind is so wasteful of energy resources. He is correct in his analysis that the earth cannot sustain a population of 7 billion. Perhaps if we were less wasteful we wouldn't need to resort to nuclear power.


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