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On Gaia

Author : Toby Tyrrell
ISBN : 9781400847914
Genre : Science
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One of the enduring questions about our planet is how it has remained continuously habitable over vast stretches of geological time despite the fact that its atmosphere and climate are potentially unstable. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis posits that life itself has intervened in the regulation of the planetary environment in order to keep it stable and favorable for life. First proposed in the 1970s, Lovelock's hypothesis remains highly controversial and continues to provoke fierce debate. On Gaia undertakes the first in-depth investigation of the arguments put forward by Lovelock and others--and concludes that the evidence doesn't stack up in support of Gaia. Toby Tyrrell draws on the latest findings in fields as diverse as climate science, oceanography, atmospheric science, geology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. He takes readers to obscure corners of the natural world, from southern Africa where ancient rocks reveal that icebergs were once present near the equator, to mimics of cleaner fish on Indonesian reefs, to blind fish deep in Mexican caves. Tyrrell weaves these and many other intriguing observations into a comprehensive analysis of the major assertions and lines of argument underpinning Gaia, and finds that it is not a credible picture of how life and Earth interact. On Gaia reflects on the scientific evidence indicating that life and environment mutually affect each other, and proposes that feedbacks on Earth do not provide robust protection against the environment becoming uninhabitable--or against poor stewardship by us.
Category: Science

Gaia

Author : James Lovelock
ISBN : 9780192862181
Genre : Nature
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This classic work is now reissued in new covers with a new Preface by the author. Written for non-scientists, this is an original work in which James Lovelock puts forward his inspirational idea that life on earth functions as a single organism.
Category: Nature

Scientists On Gaia

Author : Stephen H. Schneider
ISBN : 0262691604
Genre : Science
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A multidisciplinary exploration of the controversial hypothesis that life is an active participant in shaping the physical and chemical environment on which it depends, a theory first introduced by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s.
Category: Science

Gaia

Author : James Lovelock
ISBN : 0195216741
Genre : Political Science
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James Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist whose research on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the environment has generated a controversial theory about the Earth as a live, self-regulating organism. In his latest volume on the subject, Lovelock examines the health and future prospects of our ailing planet. 125 illustrations.
Category: Political Science

Slanted Truths

Author : Lynn Margulis
ISBN : 9781461222842
Genre : Medical
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"Lynn Margulis is one of the most successful synthetic thinkers in modern biology. This collection of her work, enhanced by essays co-authored with Dorion Sagan, is a welcome introduction to the full breadth of her many contributions." EDWARD O. WILSON, AUTHOR OF THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE "An important contribution to the history of the 20th century. Read it and you will taste the flavor of real science." JAMES LOVELOCK, AUTHOR OF GAIA: A NEW LOOK AT LIFE ON EARTH "Truly inspirational and of fundamental importance. This thoughtful series of essays on some of the largest questions concerning the nature of life on earth deserves careful study."PETER RAVEN, MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Category: Medical

Gaia And God

Author : Rosemary R. Ruether
ISBN : 9780060669676
Genre : Religion
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Internationally acclaimed author and teacher Rosemary Radford Ruether presents a sweeping ecofeminist theology that illuminates a path toward "earth-healing"--a whole relationship between men and women, communities and nations. "This is theology that really matters."--Harvey Cox
Category: Religion

Gaia Special Edition

Author : Guy Laliberte
ISBN : 2759405338
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This is Guy Laliberté documentation of his experience in space featuring his photographs of Earth as seen from the International Space Station. Captivated by the beauty of the surface of the Earth, Laliberté’s photos show the colors and textures visible only 220 miles away. A stable subject and a moving photographer - the ISS is moving at 17,500 miles per hour, doing 6 tours of the earth every 24 hours - made for truly original conditions. Using the Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras, deserts resemble contemporary abstract paintings, cities rise up like mini-mountain ranges, and faces and figures are revealed in nature. 'Gaia' is the tour de force of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. A hand-bound limited edition with color plates presented in a linen clamshell box.
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Facing Gaia

Author : Bruno Latour
ISBN : 9780745684352
Genre : Science
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The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world. The situation is even more unstable today, now that we have entered an ecological mutation of unprecedented scale. Some call it the Anthropocene, but it is best described as a new climatic regime. And a new regime it certainly is, since the many unexpected connections between human activity and the natural world oblige every one of us to reopen the earlier notions of nature and redistribute what had been packed inside. So the question now arises: what will replace the old ways of looking at nature? This book explores a potential candidate proposed by James Lovelock when he chose the name 'Gaia' for the fragile, complex system through which living phenomena modify the Earth. The fact that he was immediately misunderstood proves simply that his readers have tried to fit this new notion into an older frame, transforming Gaia into a single organism, a kind of giant thermostat, some sort of New Age goddess, or even divine Providence. In this series of lectures on 'natural religion,' Bruno Latour argues that the complex and ambiguous figure of Gaia offers, on the contrary, an ideal way to disentangle the ethical, political, theological, and scientific aspects of the now obsolete notion of nature. He lays the groundwork for a future collaboration among scientists, theologians, activists, and artists as they, and we, begin to adjust to the new climatic regime.
Category: Science

Dharma Gaia

Author : Allan Hunt Badiner
ISBN : 9780938077305
Genre : Philosophy
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Dharma Gaia explores the ground where Buddhism and ecology meet through writings by the Dalai Lama, Gary Snyder, Thich Nhat Hanh, Allen Ginsberg, Joanna Macy, Robert Aitken, and 25 other Buddhists and ecologists. "Beautifully edited, well-written, and a pleasure to read."?Whole Life Times "Dharma Gaia helps to bring about a renewed stirring of love for the Earth" ?David Brower "Source documents for the emerging environmental era..." ?Eric Utne "Dharma Gaia provides rich fare for those of us who hunger to know place." ?Ram Dass "I recommend this book to all those with an open heart who struggle for more compassion and the greening of the self. If we are to survive, as the message of this book declares, we must develop a peaceful heart."?Petra Kelly
Category: Philosophy

Gaia An Atlas Of Planet Management

Author : Norman Myers
ISBN : 0385426267
Genre : Science
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Gathers information about the world's economy, population, cultures, health care, literacy, food supplies, employment, wildlife, ecology, natural resources, and energy supplies
Category: Science