Revenge of the Gaia Book Review - Armando Drain Revenge of the Gaia Book Review James Lovelocks book on the revenge of the Gaia is an extremely

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Armando Drain 10/9/13 Revenge of the Gaia Book Review James Lovelock’s book on the revenge of the Gaia is an extremely controversial book that was even more contentious when it was originally published . Lovelock writes about how the world as we know it is an extremely complex living entity , known as Gaia . The Gaia theory itself basically is saying that physical and chemical conditions of the Earth that is actively made fit and comfortable by the presence of life itself , while also saying that life doesn’t make the Earth comfortable for itself . Throughout the book , Lovelock applies the Gaia hypothesis to global climate change , but he does not call it that . He refers to it as global heating , which he thinks is to an extent unavoidable as a result of human activity and their effect on the atmosphere . We are the cause of it , and nothing so severe has happened since the start of the Eocene , 55 million years ago , when the change was larger than that between the ice age and the 19th century and lasted for 200 , 000 years ”. Lovelock believes that humans are the solely responsible for the current and future climate change , while also showing how the Revenge of the Gaia is implying how the Earth is reacting and making less habitable conditions for the human population . A big idea that Lovelock has proposed which was one of concepts that I really felt was significant in the book was his stout support for nuclear power . His believes that nuclear energy is an efficient and less environmentally damaging energy resource than those that the world currently uses such as oil and coal . Nuclear has been controversial for many reasons , Lovelock is saying that the benefits far outweigh the risks of having nuclear power plants . Events have occurred over the years that back up the volatility of nuclear power plants , such as Chernobyl which was the biggest nuclear power plant failure in history . Even more recently with what had occurred in Japan , I wonder if Lovelock had written his book after the events in Japan would his views have been the same? Nuclear energy is definitely a resource that could be exploited , but the same as
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