Its future is in our arms
The Earth is a posh machine that works to assist life – and people have seized management of the machine, for higher or worse. This was the message of a convention this week devoted to Earth system science.
The concept that life on Earth acts to protect its personal existence, by stabilising situations on the planet, is called the Gaia speculation. Formulated by impartial scientist James Lovelock and popularised within the 1970s, Gaia has impressed a technology of scientists who examine the Earth’s many programs, from the local weather to …