The California Academy of Sciences presents


Award-winning scientist, author, and environmentalist
Lecture takes place on September 13, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2006) – In his latest book The Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock focuses his formidable lens on our imminent global climate crisis. Lovelock’s influential Gaia theory conceives of the Earth, including the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, and upper layers of rock, as a single living super-organism, regulating its internal environment much as an animal regulates its body temperature and chemical balance. But now, says Lovelock, that organism is sick. It is running a fever born of the combination of a sun whose intensity is slowly growing over millions of years, and an atmosphere whose greenhouse gases have recently spiked due to human activity. In a rare appearance in the United States, Lovelock will explain the stress that the planetary system is under, the ways humans are contributing to it, and what humanity must do to rescue itself.

This lecture takes place on Wednesday, September 13 at 8 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Tickets cost $8 for Academy members, $10 for non-members, and $6 for students, and may be purchased by calling 415-379-8000.

A Conversation with James Lovelock, award-winning scientist, author, and environmentalist. Wednesday, September 13 at 8 pm. $8 Academy members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, 94118. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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