The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

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By (author) James Lovelock

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465015492
  • ISBN 13: 9780465015498
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 359,741

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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 movements elder statesmen, The Vanishing Face of Gaia offers an essential wake-up call for the human race.

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"Los Angeles Times" "Lovelock is a plain and simple writer, and his prose has a natural grace that makes this book a pleasure to read despite its depressing thesis.""Science" "["The Vanishing Face of Gaia"] seems to arise from frustration that society hasn't been roused by the wake-up call of ["The Revenge of Gaia"].... [It] has an elevated sense of urgency - stimulated in part by observations that anthropogenic influence and Earth's response are accelerating at a pace that exceeds the projections of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.""Leonardo Reviews" (International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology) "Almost everyone today has glimpsed the abyss of extinction, but few have gazed into it as unflinchingly as Lovelock.... [He] gathers the knowledge of a lifetime to transcend the bounds of scientific discourse and sound a warning about matters of the greatest urgency." "The New York Review of Books""[An] idiosyncratic