LONDON, U.K.—Forty years ago, James Lovelock published his book Gaia: a New Look at Life on Earth, setting forth his hypothesis that all life on Earth is part of a co-evolved system that maintains the planet as an environment hospitable to abundant life. Today, his approach is known as Earth System Science, and is central to our understanding of how the planet works. But back in 1979, he already had a warning for us.
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