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The Wild and the ToxicAmerican Environmentalism and the Politics of Health$
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Jennifer Thomson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651996

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651996.001.0001

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Planetary Health in the Age of Climate Change

Planetary Health in the Age of Climate Change

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(p.98) Chapter Four Planetary Health in the Age of Climate Change
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The Wild and the Toxic
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Jennifer Thomson

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651996.003.0005

This chapter details physicist James Lovelock's lifelong work on the Gaia hypothesis. Gaia postulated that the Earth was a single living entity whose health was threatened by human-induced changes in atmospheric composition and planetary biodiversity. Arguing that humans had overstepped their ecological niche, Lovelock developed a planetary medicine by which humans would treat the planet as a doctor would a sick patient. Gaia, as well as Lovelock's diagnosis of the Earth as having a fever, found renewed life in the 1990s, as activist Bill McKibben called for drastic checks on the greenhouse-gas emissions threatening the health of the planet.

Keywords:   James Lovelock, Gaia, Planetary Health, Shell Oil, Bill McKibben

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