Essay on The Vanishing Face of Gaia

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Reference: Lovelock, James, The Vanishing Face of Gaia A Final Warning, Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books, London, England.2009, 178 pages.

Basic Information:

Title: The Vanishing Face of Gaia A Final Warning

Author: James Lovelock

Year of publication: London, England in 2009

Publisher: Penguin Books LTD

Number of pages: 178 pages

About the author:

James Lovelock was born on July 26, 1919 in Letchworth Garden City in the United Kingdom. He graduated as a chemist from Manchester University in 1941 and in 1948 received a Ph.D. degree in medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been an independent scientist since 1964 and author of more than 200
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Thus, their sudden removal can contribute to increase the Earth temperature.

His suggestion is to perform a more general observation about climate change such as the Gaia modelling, or use the whole Earth system approach that will include not only the physical property of the Earth, but also the effects (positives and negatives) of all living organisms on the climate system. Using this type of approach, he believed that it will contribute to answer the most important question in climate changes: how much and how fast is the Earth heating?

Chapter 3: Consequences and Survival

The author made the interesting analogy concerning the reaction of our governments to the deadly seriousness of climate changes comparing it to a patient being informed that he has cancer. First there is denial, then the desperate search for a cure. But as he mentioned, we are not close to find a solution.

In fact, he declared that the assumption that we could stabilize the Earth`s temperature by reducing our emission of carbon dioxide by 60 % has no objective foundations in science. He supported his statement on the notion that humans are responsible for nearly half of the emission of carbon dioxide and, meeting this goal could not be achieved without a great loss of life? This option is not realistic for him.

He informed us that based on IPCC reports (2007); many parts of the world will experience a lack of water by 2030 and that Sahara
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