The Gaia Hypothesis: Conjectures and Refutations

@article{Kirchner2003TheGH,
  title={The Gaia Hypothesis: Conjectures and Refutations},
  author={James W. Kirchner},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  year={2003},
  volume={58},
  pages={21-45}
}
  • J. Kirchner
  • Published 1 May 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Climatic Change
The uncertainties surrounding global climate change provide ample evidence, if any were necessary, of the need for a whole-system view of the Earth. Arguably the most visible – and controversial – attempt to understand Earth as a system has been Lovelock's Gaia theory. Gaia has been a fruitful hypothesis generator, and has prompted many intriguing conjectures about how biological processes might contribute to planetary-scale regulation of atmospheric chemistry and climate. In many important… 

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