James Lovelock Quotes

31 James Lovelock quotes:

"An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it."
"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'm not a pessimist, even though I do think awful things are going to happen."
"Let's make hay while it lasts."
"Life does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes."
"One pound of uranium is worth about 3 million pounds worth of coal or oil."
"You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one can second-guess the future."
"Esso has been the main one in America spreading the disinformation that there is no global warming problem."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia."
"Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive."
"I suspect any worries about genetic engineering may be unnecessary. Genetic mutations have always happened naturally, anyway."
"Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest."
"The beehive regulates its temperature as well as we do. The hive will regulate itself to 37 degrees no matter if it is minus 20 degrees outside."

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