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.

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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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Patagonia, southern Chile, Canada, Siberia, Alaska, Northern Europe etc.) will have a better chance to survive.

Because humans will be facing a hotter Earth environment, he highlighted the importance to learn how to live and survive in these new conditions. It is why he said that it so important to improve our carbon footprint by eating less and saving energy and/or following a vegetarian diet. But, he specified again, that these types of recommendations are not politically popular, especially among the industrial leaders.

Chapter 4: Energy and Food Sources

In regard to the energy sources, he reported that two important changes in our future energy supplies emerged; nuclear energy and solar thermal energy. However, he warned us again that it could take more than a decade before these two alternatives are well established and accepted. On the other hand, he suggested that we also need to lessen the burning of fossil fuel for energy by developing simple technological improvements, such as the use of light emitting diodes (LEDs).

He followed with the identification and definition of the different type of energy sources (e.g. solar energy, nuclear energy, fossil fuels and renewable energy (e.g. wind, sunlight, flowing water, tides, geothermal heat, biofuels and the burning of biomass)) and his view on their respective efficacy and impact on the Carbone dioxide reduction. He strongly believed that we should rely more on nuclear