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James Lovelock, an eminent scientist and innovative thinker, is best known for his "Gaia Hypothesis," named after the Greek goddess of the Earth. This proposes that all parts of the Earth – living and nonliving – function together in a complex, interdependent system that can be viewed as a "living entity." Lovelock contends that our Earth, "Gaia," is very ill and, alarmingly, will become even sicker due to the effects of global warming. He contends that the nations of the Earth must immediately institute a series of drastic actions to reduce carbon emissions and the other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming; and that they quickly must take other vital steps to protect the environment. According to Lovelock, if the Earth's people do not take these long-overdue actions, civilization will most possibly perish and, as he grimly puts it, the Earth will become a savage world ruled by "brutal warlords." Lovelock's book is a crucial wake-up call for the planet and life upon it. getAbstract suggests that you read this book to learn about the horrors that may – and the author reports very likely will – occur without immediate action to slow global warming and mitigate its dangerous effects. Forewarned is forearmed.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why man-made global warming represents an extreme danger to all life on Earth;
  • How mankind has, distressingly, passed the point at which it is possible to reverse the dangerous effects of global warming; and
  • Why nuclear energy represents the best energy alternative for the future.

About the Author

James Lovelock is a scientist, environmentalist and futurist. He developed the "Gaia Hypothesis." Lovelock lives in ancient Cornwall in Great Britain.



The Earth is called "Gaia," after the Greek goddess of the planet. Using that name, consider the "Gaia Hypothesis": The Earth is a "super organism" that, like many living creatures, regulates its internal environment. This "whole system...

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