I’m translating, taking into account that famous British reserve – and lest you think that the ‘hack’ part is unfair description of James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, let me reproduce some of his previous comments:
…as the century progresses, the temperature will rise 8 degrees centigrade in temperate regions and 5 degrees in the tropics.
Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve for regulation; this adds to the 40 per cent of the Earth’s surface we have depleted to feed ourselves.
Curiously, aerosol pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This “global dimming” is transient and could disappear in a few days like the smoke that it is, leaving us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse. We are in a fool’s climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.
That was in 2006. Also in 2006, Lovelock wrote “Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity;” and in 2010 he wrote “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.” And he’s writing a book now! Title unknown, so let me offer a suggestion:
James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.
…the professor admitted in a telephone interview with msnbc.com that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far.”
Do tell, Dr. Lovelock. Do tell. Or, you know something? …Don’t. I do not think that this man has anything further to contribute to the discussion.
(H/T: Ace of AoSHQ. He also has a suggested title for Lovelock’s book.)