Hands up for the Gaia hypothesis

  title={Hands up for the Gaia hypothesis},
  author={James E. Lovelock},
The concept of Gaia, a self-regulating Earth, excites both admiration and obloquy. Its inventor (or rather re-discoverer) describes the genesis and evolution of the hypothesis. 

Gaia and natural selection

  • T. Lenton
  • Psychology, Environmental Science
  • 1998
Evidence indicates that the Earth self-regulates at a state that is tolerated by life, but why should the organisms that leave the most descendants be the ones that contribute to regulating their

The Concept of ‘Gaia’

The Gaia theory of James Lovelock proposes that the Earth is a self-regulating system, or super-organism, maintaining conditions hospitable to contemporary planetary biota. Objections to this theory,

Lovelock ' s initial hypothesis

  • Geology
  • 2018
The Gaia hypothesis is an ecological hypothesis proposing that the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) are closely integrated to

The Environmental Battle Hymn of the Stoic God

In Stoic theology, the universe constitutes a living organism. Humankind has often had a detrimental impact on planetary health. We propose that the Stoic call to live according to Nature, where God

Economics of the Anthropocene: An Exploratory Essay

This essay summarizes some essential aspects of my recent contributions to ecological and evolutionary economics, in a way accessible to a general readership. I concentrate on the relationship

James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis: "A New Look at Life on Earth" ... for the Life and the Earth sciences

After a career as a chemist and engineer, James Lovelock proposed the Gaia hypothesis in the 1970’s with Lynn Margulis, a biologist. The hypothesis highlights the important influence that living


L'A. compare les hypotheses mecanistes de Teilhard de Chardin avec les theories contemporaines de l'evolution biologique. Il apparait que la nouvelle discipline proposee par le philosophe, la

Planetary History, Wallace, and Natural Selection

  • M. Flannery
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • 2012
Abstract Concerns about the anthropogenic ecological degradation of the planet—deforestation, species endangerment, pollution, and an increasing carbon footprint—have prompted numerous studies

Vernadsky's Biosphere Concept: An Historical Perspective

PERHAPS it is no accident that as we approach the end of this century, some ideas that had emerged at its beginning are being reexamined by the scientific community. Although they are rarely embraced



Geophysiology, the science of Gaia

The Gaia hypothesis postulates that the climate and chemical composition of the Earth's surface environment is, and has been, regulated at a state tolerable for the biota. This notion was introduced

Unpleasant surprises in the greenhouse?

There is now clear evidence that changes in the Earth's climate may be sudden rather than gradual. It is time to put research into the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on a better footing.

Life span of the biosphere

There has been life on Earth for at least 3,500 Myr but the assumption that a comparable future lies ahead may not be justified. Main sequence stars appear to increase their burning rate as they age.

The Chemical Evolution of the Atmosphere and Oceans

In this first full-scale attempt to reconstruct the chemical evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, Heinrich Holland assembles data from a wide spectrum of fields to trace the history of the

Biotic enhancement of weathering and the habitability of Earth

AN important question in the Earth sciences is the role of the biota in the chemical weathering of silicate rocks, which affects atmospheric CO2 and therefore climate1-10. No comprehensive study of

A negative feedback mechanism for the long‐term stabilization of Earth's surface temperature

We suggest that the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is buffered, over geological time scales, by a negative feedback mechanism in which the rate of weathering of silicate

Elements of Physical Biology.

The author has the problem of evolution always before him, and considers analytically the effect on population of a change in the behaviour of individuals in Elements of Physical Biology.

Terrestrial feedback in atmospheric oxygen regulation by fire and phosphorus

  • L. Kump
  • Environmental Science
  • 1988
The regulation of atmospheric oxygen levels (pO2) occurs on million-year timescales and is effected by modulation of sedimentary organic carbon burial and weathering rates1,2. Until recently it was