15 Jul '11, 7pm

Dotearth: Can a 'Gaia Killer' Become a Planet Healer? - A biologist calls humans planet killers, but sees light at t...

The Book Review has just posted my appraisal of “Here on Earth, ” an exploration of the evolving human relationship with the planet, by the Australian biologist and environmentalist Tim Flannery. (The video above is one from a set of video snippets in which he describes his book.) Tim Flannery I was alternately engaged and exasperated by the book, which Flannery casts as a “twin biography of our species and our planet.” I enjoyed his sprawling, celebratory portrait of the spread of life on Earth and his account of the history of natural history, from Darwin and Wallace onward. But when Flannery turns to the modern industrializing world, his eagerness to build the case for H. sapiens as a “Gaia killer” seems to get the better of his background as a scientist. Whether the result of sloppiness or conscious or subconscious selectivity, the midsection of the book contains repea...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/can-a-gaia-k...

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