"Global Warming is SO Last Year" Admits Über Green Fearmonger
James Lovelock is the elderly, distinguished and much-revered (by Greenies, at any rate) British scientist who invented the Gaia hypothesis. (Think: that shimmery, healing tree thing in Avatar)
Here is what he wrote in 2006 about global warming:
We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences: 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.
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.
But now, in a new book, a distinguished and revered British scientist has expressed doubt about the way "alarmists" including Al Gore and Australia's Tim Flannery have hyped up the dangers of global warming.
It will also reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected.
“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's quite right, of course. And the name of this wise realist?
Why, James Lovelock of course.