The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

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Written by James Lovelock

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning by James Lovelock is a reluctant jeremiad by a 90+ year old environmental systems scientist. Lovelock warns that there is no returning to the formerly lush planet Earth, even as it was in the 1950s.  An irreversible course of events has been set in motion by humans that will lead to a planet with a smaller habitable area, less agricultural productivity; a hotter, drier planet  with depleted resources. To survive as a species, humans must become less acquisitive, more communal, less consumptive and less aggressive.  Natural forces will reduce human numbers; whether humans will evolve to a higher state and learn to live within nature’s limits or whether natural processes will replace humans with another dominant species remains to be seen. 

 

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