Interview with James Lovelock: A New Planetary Perspective
MOTHER interviews the man behind the controversial Gaia hypothesis.
James Lovelock developed the Gaia hypothesis, which argues that the planet's earth, water and air interact with evolving life forms in a complex, self-regulating system.
PHOTO: J.S. GIFFORD
"A living redwood tree is 97% dead; there's just a thin skin of living tissue around the circumference. This is very like the earth."
EARTH SCENES/BRECK P. KENT
"Just as countless organisms sustain human life, so have living things transformed our planet from an inert chemical ball into a self-sustaining organism."
ANIMALS ANIMALS/CARL ROESSLER
In Lovelock's theoretical Daisyworld, light and dark daisies regulate the environment.
BRUCE COLEMAN,INC./HANS REINHARD
"If the present rate of clearance is sustained, the forests will all be gone by early in the next century, and roughly a billion people in the Third World will suddenly find themselves in desert regions."
ALLSTOCK, INC./KEVIN SCHAFER
"Instead of a steady heating up, we may have violent storms, the like of which we've never seen before."