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. 
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