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April 23, 2012

Environmental Guru and Inventor of the "Gaia" Theory of the Living Earth James Lovelock: I Was a Climate Change "Alarmist" And So Is Al Gore

Consensus?

[Lovelock] previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “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.”

However, the professor admitted in a telephone interview with msnbc.com that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far."

Check out his previous titles.

The new book, due to be published next year, will be the third in a trilogy, following his earlier works, “Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity,” and “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.”

Alarmist? Nah.

I like the two colons in the last one. He couldn't pick one alarmist title, so he linked three of them in a row.

Here's one he meant to write, but didn't:

Earth to Humans: This is Your Last Chance: I Have Your Wife and Children In a Sack: I Will Send One Finger Each Hour On The Hour Until My Demands Are Met: Don't Toy With Me, I'm A Desperate Loner With Nothing Left To Lose: PS I Want Kate Winslet To Deliver the Money: Naked

The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.

The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.

The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising -- carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.

He specifically noted Al Gore's "Earth in the Balance" as examples of "alarmist" -- and therefore flawed-- claims.

Thanks to @drewmtips, aka DrewMusings.






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