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What is Gaia hypothesis in ecology?

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This refers to a scientific hypothesis which states that the earth is a complex living entity, with the sustenance of life dependent on the self-regulating interactions among organisms and their inorganic surroundings. For instance, climatic conditions depend on the interactions among living organisms like human beings and their non-living atmosphere, all of which regulate each other constantly. The Gaia hypothesis is named after the mythical Greek goddess Gaia who personifies the earth. It was first proposed by British scientist James Lovelock in his 1972 paper “Gaia as seen through the atmosphere”.

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