Sunday, September 12, 2010
Gaia in Turmoil - Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis - E. Crist and H. Rinker (2009)
Gaia in Turmoil - Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis - MIT Press. Gaian theory, which holds that Earth's physical and biological processes are inextricably bound to form a self-regulating system, is more relevant than ever in light of increasing concerns about global climate change. The Gaian paradigm of Earth as a living system, first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s, has inspired a burgeoning body of researchers working across disciplines that range from physics and biology to philosophy and politics. Gaia in Turmoil reflects this disciplinary richness and intellectual diversity, with contributions (including essays by both Lovelock and Margulis) that approach the topic from a wide variety of perspectives, discussing not only Gaian science but also global environmental problems and Gaian ethics and education.