Of Clarity and Climate Change


Reactions, responses and reviews of Lovelock’s new book have attacked him for being pessimistic, or taken issue with his espoused energy policy. In contrast, this review cuts through to the realism behind the pessimism and highlights the fundamental scientific analysis of the dynamics of climate change that lies at the heart of Lovelock’s testament. Distinguishing carefully between that which can no longer be changed (too late!) and that in which humanity still has the opportunity to intervene (the working agenda), the review brings clarity to an area of eco-confusion. Lovelock’s weakness in the field of social science is identified as the source of his inappropriate despair and the book is hailed as a clarion call to effective collective action. [January 2006]

[*"The Revenge of Gaia" by James Lovelock is published in February 2006, by Allen Lane, an imprint of the Penguin Group.]