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Lovelock in 2005
|Born||(1919-07-26) 26 July 1919 |
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
|Fields||Chemistry, earth science|
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
University of London
Harvard Medical School
|Known for||Electron capture detector|
|Notable awards||FRS, 1974|
Tswett Medal, 1975
WMO Norbert Gerbier Prize, 1988
Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for the Environment, 1990
Volvo Environment Prize, 1996
Wollaston Medal, 2006
Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment , 2007
 Nuclear power
"I have never regarded nuclear radiation or nuclear power as anything other than a normal and inevitable part of the environment. Our prokaryotic forebears evolved on a planet-sized lump of fallout from a star-sized nuclear explosion, a supernova that synthesised the elements that go to make our planet and ourselves."
"A television interviewer once asked me, 'But what about nuclear waste? Will it not poison the whole biosphere and persist for millions of years?' I knew this to be a nightmare fantasy wholly without substance in the real world... One of the striking things about places heavily contaminated by radioactive nuclides is the richness of their wildlife. This is true of the land around Chernobyl, the bomb test sites of the Pacific, and areas near the United States' Savannah River nuclear weapons plant of the Second World War. Wild plants and animals do not perceive radiation as dangerous, and any slight reduction it may cause in their lifespans is far less a hazard than is the presence of people and their pets... I find it sad, but all too human, that there are vast bureaucracies concerned about nuclear waste, huge organisations devoted to decommissioning power stations, but nothing comparable to deal with that truly malign waste, carbon dioxide."
"If you take the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predictions, then by 2040 every summer in Europe will be as hot as it was in 2003 – between 110F and 120F. It is not the death of people that is the main problem, it is the fact that the plants can't grow – there will be almost no food grown in Europe."
"We are about to take an evolutionary step and my hope is that the species will emerge stronger. It would be hubris to think humans as they now are God's chosen race."
"Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."
"One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it."
“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,” Lovelock observed
“I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”
"The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened;" he continues
"The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now," he said
The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time ... it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising - carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that", he added.
- Lovelock, James (2009). The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can. Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-84614-185-0.
- Lovelock, James (2006). The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity. Santa Barbara (California): Allen Lane. ISBN 0-7139-9914-4.
- Lovelock, James (2005). Gaia: Medicine for an Ailing Planet. Gaia Books. ISBN 1-85675-231-3.
- Lovelock, James (2001) [Gaia Books 1991]. Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-521674-1.
- Lovelock, James (2000) . Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-286218-9.
- Lovelock, James (2000). Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860429-7. (Lovelock's autobiography)
- Lovelock, James (1995) . Ages of Gaia. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-393-31239-9.
- Lovelock, James (1991). Scientists on Gaia. Cambridge, Mass., USA: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-19310-8.
- Lovelock, James; Michael Allaby (1984). The Greening of Mars. Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-32967-3.
- Lovelock, James; Michael Allaby (1983). Great Extinction. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-18011-X.
 PortraitsIn March 2012 the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Lovelock by British artist Michael Gaskell (2011). The collection also has two photographic portraits by Nick Sinclair (1993) and Paul Tozer (1994). The archive of the Royal Society of Arts has a 2009 image taken by Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Lovelock agreed to sit for sculptor Jon Edgar in Devon during 2007, as part of The Environment Triptych (2008) along with heads of Mary Midgley and Richard Mabey. A bronze head is in the collection of the sitter and the terracotta is in the archive of the artist.
 See also
- Biography of James Lovelock, Association of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy. Retrieved 30 October 2007
- The Sunday Times,22 February 2009  (retrieved on 24 May 2011)
- James Lovelock: The green man, Ian Irvine, The Independent, 3 December 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
- Homage to Gaia, Oxford, 2000, p80.
- "Lovelock: Home". Jameslovelock.org. http://www.jameslovelock.org. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- Lovelock, J.E. (1968). "A Physical Basis for Life Detection Experiments". Nature 207 (4997): 568–570. Bibcode 1965Natur.207..568L. doi:10.1038/207568a0. PMID 5883628. http://www.jameslovelock.org/page6.html.
- Lovelock, J.E. (1971). "Atmospheric Fluorine Compounds as Indicators of Air Movements". Nature 230 (5293): 379. Bibcode 1971Natur.230..379L. doi:10.1038/230379a0.
- Lovelock, J.E., Maggs, R.J. and Wade, R.J. (1973). "Halogenated Hydrocarbons in and over the Atlantic". Nature 241 (5386): 194–196. Bibcode 1973Natur.241..194L. doi:10.1038/241194a0.
- Travels with an Electron Capture Detector, acceptance speech for Blue Planet Prize 1997
- Lovelock, J.E., Maggs, R.J. and Rasmussen, R.A. (1972). "Atmospheric Dimethyl Sulphide and the Natural Sulphur Cycle". Nature 237 (5356): 452–453. Bibcode 1972Natur.237..452L. doi:10.1038/237452a0.
- Charlson, R. J., Lovelock, J. E., Andreae, M. O. and Warren, S. G. (1987). "Oceanic phytoplankton, atmospheric sulphur, cloud albedo and climate". Nature 326 (6114): 655–661. Bibcode 1987Natur.326..655C. doi:10.1038/326655a0. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v326/n6114/abs/326655a0.html.
- Hickman, Leo (15 June 2012). "James Lovelock: The UK should be going mad for fracking". The Guardian (UK). http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/15/james-lovelock-interview-gaia-theory. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Walker, S. J.; Weiss, R. F.; Salameh, P. K. (2000). "Reconstructed histories of the annual mean atmospheric mole fractions for the halocarbons CFC-11 CFC-12, CFC-113, and carbon tetrachloride". Journal of Geophysical Research 105: 14285–14296. Bibcode 2000JGR...10514285W. doi:10.1029/1999JC900273.
- Lovelock, J.E. (1989). The Ages of Gaia. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-19-286090-9.
- F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario J. Molina (7 December 2000). "CFC-Ozone Puzzle: Lecture". http://www.eoearth.org/article/CFC-Ozone_Puzzle:_Lecture. Retrieved 10 December 2007.
- The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995 "for ... work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone", Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- Lovelock, J.E. (1965). "A physical basis for life detection experiments". Nature 207 (7): 568–570. Bibcode 1965Natur.207..568L. doi:10.1038/207568a0. PMID 5883628.
- J. E. Lovelock (1972). "Gaia as seen through the atmosphere". Atmospheric Environment 6 (8): 579–580. doi:10.1016/0004-6981(72)90076-5.
- Lovelock, J.E.; Margulis, L. (1974). "Atmospheric homeostasis by and for the biosphere – The Gaia hypothesis". Tellus 26 (1): 2–10. Bibcode 1974Tell...26....2L. doi:10.1111/j.2153-3490.1974.tb01946.x.
- Dawkins, Richard (1999) . The Extended Phenotype. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-288051-9.
- Lovelock, J (2009), "The Vanishing Face of Gaia" (Basic Books)
- Russill, Chris; Nyssa, Zoe (2009). "The tipping point trend in climate change communication". Global Environmental Change 19 (3): 336–344. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.04.001.
- Pagani, M.; Caldeira, K.; Archer, D.; Zachos, J. C. (2006). "ATMOSPHERE: An Ancient Carbon Mystery" (PDF). Science 314 (5805): 1556–1557. doi:10.1126/science.1136110. PMID 17158314. http://earth.geology.yale.edu/~mp364/data/2006Pagani.Science.pdf.
- Nukes Are Green, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, 9 April 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- Lovelock, James (2006). The Revenge of Gaia. Reprinted Penguin, 2007. ISBN 978-0-14-102990-0
- The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years, James Lovelock, The Independent, 16 January 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- "Daily Mail – 22 March 2008 – We're all doomed ! 40 years from global catastrophe – says climate change expert". Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-03-22. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=541748&in_page_id=1770. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- Lovelock: "Respect the Earth", World Nuclear News, 6 September 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- "Gaia scientist to be OPT patron". Optimum Population Trust. 26 August 2009. http://www.optimumpopulation.org/opt.media.html. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- "James Lovelock: Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change", 29 March 2010
- Johnston, Ian. "'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change". MSNBC. http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11144098-gaia-scientist-james-lovelock-i-was-alarmist-about-climate-change?lite. Retrieved April 2012.
- Goldstein, Lorrie (23 June 2012). "Green ‘drivel’ exposed". Toronto Sun. http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/22/green-drivel. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- Lovelock, James E.; Rapley, Chris G. (2007). "Ocean pipes could help the Earth to cure itself". Nature 449 (7161): 403–403. Bibcode 2007Natur.449..403L. doi:10.1038/449403a. PMID 17898747.
- Biological Ocean Sequestration of CO2 Using Atmocean Upwelling, Atmocean. Retrieved 3 October 2007.
- Scientists propose 'plumbing' method to solve crisis of global warming, Lewis Smith, The Times, 26 September 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007.
- James Lovelock's plan to pump ocean water to stop climate change, Roger Highfield, The Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- Pipes hung in the sea could help planet to 'heal itself', Michael McCarthy, The Independent, 27 September 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- How sea tubes could slow climate change, Alok Jha, The Guardian, 27 September 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- Cold water on global warming plans, Phillip Williamson, The Guardian, 1 October 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- The last green taboo: engineering the planet, Johann Hari, The Independent, 4 October 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
- Shepherd, John; Iglesias-Rodriguez, Debora; Yool, Andrew (2007). "Geo-engineering might cause, not cure, problems". Nature 449 (7164): 781–781. Bibcode 2007Natur.449..781S. doi:10.1038/449781a.
- Lovelock, James (2009). The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can. Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-84614-185-0.
- "National Portrait Gallery - Person - James Ephraim Lovelock". Npg.org.uk. 1994-07-25. http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person.php?LinkID=mp06519. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- By The RSA The RSA+ Add Contact (2009-03-10). "James Lovelock by Anne Purkiss | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_rsa/3344496740/. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- authors, various (2008). Responses – Carvings and Claywork – Jon Edgar Sculpture 2003-2008. UK: Hesworth Press. ISBN 978-0-9558675-0-7.
- Edgar, Jon. "portrait of James Lovelock". http://www.jonedgar.co.uk/portrait_james_lovelock.htm. Retrieved March 2012.
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