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The Lovelock apocalypse

The Gaia theorist has dire prophecies about global warming, but his enthusiasm for nuclear power and attacking green shibboleths remains undimmed

By Philip Ball   March 2006

The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock (Allen Lane, £16.99)

Every generation considers itself to occupy a special place in history, but perhaps for our generation it really is the case. All serious forecasts of oil production put the peak before 2100. Nuclear weaponry is entering a new phase of proliferation. A global crisis in water demand looms. Advances in information technologies continue, leading to predictions that we will soon be more machine than meat.

But in James Lovelock’s view, all these things pale into insignificance in comparison with the threat posed by climate change. The Revenge of Gaia is…

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