James Lovelock Quotes


31 James Lovelock quotes:



"If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now."
"For each of our actions there are only consequences."
"Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive."
"A billion could live off the earth; 6 billion living as we do is far too many, and you run out of planet in no time."
"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."
"An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it."
"China will soon emit more greenhouse gases than America, but its regime knows if it caps aspirations there will be a revolution."
"Civilization in its present form hasn't got long."
"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."
"Esso has been the main one in America spreading the disinformation that there is no global warming problem."
"Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia."
"Florida will be gone altogether, the whole damned place, in not too long."
"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."
"I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all."
"I suspect any worries about genetic engineering may be unnecessary. Genetic mutations have always happened naturally, anyway."
"I'm not a pessimist, even though I do think awful things are going to happen."
"I've got personal views on the '60s. You can't have freedom without paying the price for it."
"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."
"Let's make hay while it lasts."
"Life does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes."



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