The Cambridge Climate Society Blog

We’re hoping to provide a platform for sharing climate stories that interest you. Written by students, professionals and scholars, we aim to host a diverse collection of authors and their insights on the climate.
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Gaia as a moral guide? – A book review

By Haseef Ahmed
Posted on 27th February 2023
Image: Haseef × DALL·E

Gaia: A new look at life on Earth by James Lovelock is one of the early primers of the environmental movement that caught both the public and scientific community’s imagination. The book was first published in 1979, during the era of burgeoning research into man-made effects on the environment conducted at prestigious universities such as Columbia and MIT, as well as by major oil producers such as Exxon1. Indeed, Lovelock himself extends his gratitude, in the preface, to a colleague from Shell Research Limited (p.xix).

The most salient and interesting points to note are that the text posits an original idea, proposed by a scientist ...


Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to make her a hero, but to take action, and it must be now!

By Hitesh Mahawar
Posted on 23rd February 2023
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist and a student | Photo: DANIEL REINHARDT/PICTURE ALLIANCE/GETTY

“Climate Crisis”…have you heard this term often lately? If yes then you can do something if you want to save the planet, if not then I can only pray to God or you can at least read this article to get an idea.

Just to set the context, here are some of the facts and figures:
1. The current warming rate is around 10 times faster than the avg. rate of ice-age recovery warming. Since 2010, the earth has recorded five warmest years, and 2016 was the warmest year on record.
2. 1,000,000+ species face extinction. Around 5 species a year is the probable rate of species extinction, but ...