James Lovelock essays, lectures and other writings

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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 ... "

′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.

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.

Conjectures of an independent scientist - a talk at the Geological Society of London, on 5 May 2011.

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 ... "

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.

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.

Enjoy life while you can - Decca Aitkenhead interviews JL for The Guardian, Saturday 1 March 2008. "Climate science maverick James Lovelock believes catastrophe is inevitable, carbon offsetting is a joke and ethical living a scam. So what would he do? ..."

Climate Change on a Living Earth - public lecture given at the Royal Society, 29 October 2007.

Ocean pipes could help the Earth to cure itself - letter to Nature from James Lovelock and Chris Rapley, 26 September 2007. "We propose a way to stimulate the Earth's capacity to cure itself, as an emergency treatment for the pathology of global warming ... The oceans, which cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface, are a promising place to seek a regulating influence. One approach would be to use free-floating or tethered vertical pipes to increase the mixing of nutrient-rich waters below the thermocline with the relatively barren waters at the ocean surface ...Such an approach may fail, perhaps on engineering or economic grounds. And the impact on ocean acidification will need to be taken into account ... But the stakes are so high that we put forward the general concept of using the Earth system's own energy for amelioration. The removal of 500 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide from the air by human endeavour is beyond our current technological capability. If we can't 'heal the planet' directly, we may be able to help the planet heal itself."

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