NASA will send up a big sun shade that will be in orbit between the earth and sun and deflect 2 or 3 percent of the sunshine back into space. It would be cheaper than the international space station.

— James Lovelock

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I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

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Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.

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There aren't just bad people that commit genocide;

we are all capable of it. It's our evolutionary history.

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Let's make hay while it lasts.

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Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.

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I suspect any worries about genetic engineering may be unnecessary.

Genetic mutations have always happened naturally, anyway.

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The oil companies regard nuclear power as their rival, who will reduce their profits, so they put out a lot of disinformation about nuclear power.

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If you start any large theory, such as quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, evolution, it takes about 40 years for mainstream science to come around. Gaia has been going for only 30 years or so.

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All the modelling we do shows that the climate is poised on the jump up to a new hot state. It is accelerating so fast that you could say that we are already in it.

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Those who fail to see that population growth and climate change are two sides of the same coin are either ignorant or hiding from the truth. These two huge environmental problems are inseparable and to discuss one while ignoring the other is irrational.

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Climatologists are all agreed that we'd be lucky to see the end of this century without the world being a totally different place, and being 8 or 9 degrees hotter on average.

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Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest.

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About James Lovelock

Quotes 67 sayings
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now.

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An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.

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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.

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The Earth's population will be culled from today's 6.

6 billion to as few as 500 million, with most of the survivors living in the far latitudes - Canada, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Arctic Basin.

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Our future is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail.

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This programme to stop nuclear by 2020 is just crazy.

If there were a nuclear war, and humanity were wiped out, the Earth would breathe a sigh of relief.

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China will soon emit more greenhouse gases than America, but its regime knows if it caps aspirations there will be a revolution.

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Imagine a survivor of a failed civilization with only a tattered book on aromatherapy for guidance in arresting a cholera epidemic. Yet, such a book would more likely be found amid the debris than a comprehensible medical text.

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If it hadn't been for the Cold War, neither Russia nor America would have been sending people into space.

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I know that to personalize the Earth System as Gaia, as I have often done and continue to do in this book, irritates the scientifically correct, but I am unrepentant because metaphors are more than ever needed for a widespread comprehension of the true nature of the Earth and an understanding of the lethal dangers that lie ahead.

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I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.

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We'd never have got a chance to go outside and look at the earth if it hadn't been for space exploration and NASA.

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The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many, doing too well economically and burning too much oil.

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One pound of uranium is worth about 3 million pounds worth of coal or oil.

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By 2040, the Sahara will be moving into Europe and Berlin will be as hot as Baghdad. Atlanta will end up a kudzu jungle. Phoenix will become uninhabitable, as will parts of Beijing (desert), Miami (rising seas) and London (floods). Food shortages will drive millions of people north, raising political tensions.

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Civilization in its present form hasn't got long.

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Our planet consists largely of lumps of fall-out from a star-sized hydrogen bomb. Within our bodies, no less than three million atoms rendered unstable in that event still erupt every minute, releasing a tiny fraction of the energy stored from that fierce fire of long ago.

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I wouldn't be against them (large wind turbines) if they actually worked.

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You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one can second-guess the future.

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Only nuclear power can now halt global warming.

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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.

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Geological change usually takes thousands of years to happen but we are seeing the climate changing not just in our lifetimes but also year by year.

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There is little evidence that our individual intelligence has improved through recorded history.

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The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful.

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I'm not a pessimist, even though I do think awful things are going to happen.

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Science always uses metaphor.

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Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor.

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Just after World War II, this country led the world in science by every way you could measure it, yet the number of scientists was a tiny proportion of what it is now.

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I'm not religious, but I put it that way because I feel so strongly.

It's the one thing you do not ever do. You've got to have standards.

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What we have lived through, the 20th century, has been like a great party.

Adults now have had the best time humanity has ever had. Now the party is over and the Earth is reckoning up.

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Ask almost anybody if they think the climate?s changed in the last couple of decades and they will all say ?yes? and give you lots of examples.

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For each of our actions there are only consequences.

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The entire range of living matter on Earth from whales to viruses and from oaks to algae could be regarded as constituting a single living entity capable of maintaining the Earth's atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts.

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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.

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You never know with politicians what they are really saying.

And I don't say that in a negative way-they have an appalling job.

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There is no clear distinction anywhere on the Earth's surface between living and nonliving matter. There is merely a hierarchy of intensity going from the 'material' environment of the rocks and the atmosphere to the living cells.

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Florida will be gone altogether, the whole damned place, in not too long.

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