James Lovelock's Gaia Theory
fitted well with Teddy's ideas on the emergent properties of systems and as Jim lived near Camelford, where we were at the time publishing The Ecologist, we decided to hold a symposium on the implications of the Gaia Theory
for ecology and the environment.
, scientific insights and a focus on a living earth make for wonderful, revealing reading in his new book.
He's a critic of the current notions of development and his position springs from an extensive knowledge of the science of climate change and an unimpeachable reverence for the interconnectedness of life on the planet, as articulated in his Gaia theory
, combined with an alarm at the complacency around the seriousness of global warming.
If you don't know, suffice it to say that the Gaia Theory
would seem to apply, which makes for a rather flat denouement.
Visits from big scientific names of today are also in the pipeline and include James Lovelock, author of the Gaia theory
of an "oragnic" Earth, and astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle.
Scharper sees -- for those who wish to read deeper -- antecedents to the Gaia theory
in the work of G.
Finally, geophysiology, including Gaia theory
, has reworked the biosphere into the most ancient and powerful of all living forms -- something so much greater than the human that it can evoke a religious response.
The Gaia Theory
is still controversial, but I think the system's approach and perspective on life IS an important one.
Lovelock and Margulis are early NASA astrobiology investigators and co-developers of the Gaia theory
, which proposes that Earth and all of its life forms function as a single interconnected system.
It's inspired by Gaia Theory
- an ecological idea, named after the Greek supreme goddess of Earth, that views all the planet's components as one.
Lovelock, who 40 years ago originated the idea that the planet is a giant, self-regulating organism - the so-called Gaia theory
, added that he has little sympathy for the climate scientists caught up in the UEA email scandal.
capitalism, trade, corporations, civil societies, knowledge and ethics, specific topics include globalization and environmental protection on the high seas, renewable energy and international politics, rethinking environmental security, how nature nurtures civil violence, global environmental governance, the promise of the social economy, transnational corporations, trade and international organizations, environmental citizenship, vulnerability, integrated water sources management, and Gaia theory