Inside the mind of scientist James Lovelock

This year James Lovelock turned 100. He discusses his extraordinary career with Anushka Asthana, including the invention of a device that detected CFCs, which helped spot the growing hole in the ozone layer, and the Gaia hypothesis, a revolutionary theory that the Earth is a self-regulating super-organism. Initially ridiculed by many scientists as new age nonsense, today that theory forms the basis of almost all climate science.

And: the former US ambassador Samantha Power on finding ways to make a difference in the face of daunting challenges.

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James Lovelock

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