James Lovelock essays, lectures and other writings

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Great Thinkers - James Lovelock - Mary Midgley on James Lovelock, published in the New Statesman on 14 July 2003. "Lovelock is an independent scientist. Though fanatically accurate over details, he never isolates those details from a wider, more demanding vision of their background. He thinks big. Preferring, as Darwin did, to work outside the tramlines of an institution, he has supported himself since 1963 through inventions and consultancies. Reared in Quakerism, he remains, in his eighties, quiet, vigorous, amiable and intellectually explosive."

James Lovelock: A man for all seasons - John Gray on James Lovelock, published in the New Statesman on 27 March 2013. "Lovelock has sometimes been portrayed as a prophet of doom. That picture has nothing in common with the man I have known for many years. Cheerful, humorous and life-affirming, he is a passionate talker - and an equally passionate walker. Last summer he moved with his wife, Sandy, to a coastguard's cottage in Dorset and he told me that the achievement of which he is most proud is walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path with her in 1999 ... "

Controversial scientist predicts planetary wipeout - "Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, a leading expert said. Professor James Lovelock, who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism, said as the planet heats up humans will find it increasingly hard to survive ... ". Published in the Daily Mail, 29 November 2006.

We′re all doomed! 40 years from global catastrophe - and there′s nothing we can do about it, says climate change expert - by Sarah Sands. "The weather forecast for this holiday weekend is wildly unsettled. We had better get used to it. According to the climate change scientist James Lovelock, this is the beginning of the end of a peaceful phase in evolution. By 2040, the world population of more than six billion will have been culled by floods, drought and famine ... ". Published in the Daily Mail, 22 March 2008.

Lynn Margulis who has died aged 73, was a microbiologist whose work on the origin of cells transformed the study of evolution; with James Lovelock, she also developed the "Gaia theory" of Earth as a vast self-regulating system. Obituary published in the Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2011.

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning by James Lovelock - Roger Highfield discusses the final warning on global warming given to us in The Vanishing Face of Gaia by James Lovelock and the scientist's biography He Knew He Was Right by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin. Published in the Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2009.

′Gaia′ scientist James Lovelock: I was ′alarmist′ about climate change - By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com. "James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his "Gaia" theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being "alarmist" about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too ...". Published 23 April 2012.

Interview: James Lovelock on Climate Change - FirstScience talked to James Lovelock, a famous British environmentalist, scientist and author, about his views on climate change. By Christine Carter, 2 February 2007. "The climate change we're seeing now is closely similar to a geological event that occurred 55 million years ago, at the beginning of the period geologists refer to as the Eocene. We're not quite certain how, but about two million million tons of carbon dioxide came into the Earth's atmosphere over a period of about 10,000 years. I think the most likely cause was a volcanic sill: lava underground from a volcano coming up beneath a petroleum deposit in what is now the Norwegian Sea. This vaporised practically the whole deposit and put a huge quantity of carbon into our atmosphere ... "

James Lovelock, Gaia′s grand old man - The scientist who first theorized that our planet is a biological organism, not merely a rock, discusses life on Earth and the possibilities for its future. Published on salon.com, 17 August 2000. "Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia."

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change - in his first in-depth interview since the theft of UEA emails, James Lovelock blames inertia and democracy for lack of action. By Leo Hickman, published in The Guardian, Monday 29 March 2010. Note link to full interview transcript. "I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful ... "

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