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Hands up for the Gaia hypothesis

The concept of Gaia, a self-regulating Earth, excites both admiration and obloquy. Its inventor (or rather re-discoverer) describes the genesis and evolution of the hypothesis.

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Lovelock, J. Hands up for the Gaia hypothesis. Nature 344, 100–102 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1038/344100a0

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