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This is a timely book about earth science which considers both orthodoxy and Gaia theory. The book manages to be fair to both sides while painting vivid pictures of the main personalities

By James Lovelock   December 2007

Eating the Sun, by Oliver Morton 4th Estate, £25

It was a rare delight to read Oliver Morton’s Eating the Sun on Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago, a part of Norway only 600 miles from the North pole. Perfect for reading because it is mostly dark and will be so until spring, when the curtain goes up on the stage where the first act of global heating is being played out. Not long ago, the floating ice was thick from here to the pole and across to Canada; last summer 1m km2 of it melted, leaving 70 per cent of the…

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