Thursday, September 07, 2006

James Lovelock, 88, has no good news for us

He found DDT in animals, inspiring Rachel Carson. He discovered the Ozone hole. He thinks our goose is cooked.

Washington Post: The End of Eden:
"A lean, white-haired gentleman in a blue wool sweater and khakis beckons you inside his whitewashed cottage. We sit beside a stone hearth as his wife, Sandy, an elegant blonde, sets out scones and tea. James Lovelock fixes his mind's eye on what's to come.

'It's going too fast,' he says softly. 'We will burn.'

Why is that?

'Our global furnace is out of control. By 2020, 2025, you will be able to sail a sailboat to the North Pole. The Amazon will become a desert, and the forests of Siberia will burn and release more methane and plagues will return.'"

2 Comments:

Blogger Meatball One said...

CO2 and Global warming is all the fad. But global dimming is where the action is at...though it hasnt broken into mainstream consciousness. Factor in global dimming alongside G-warming and...well, let's just say Lovelock aint even being particularly drastic in his outlook.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 3:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger steve said...

In response to your response, I just spent too long reading up on G-Warming

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/04/global-dimming-and-climate-models/

and found it complex enough that I doubt it will find its way into the general discussion. The public likes nice black and white stats.

At first I thought they might mention the changing Solar Index, or whatever they call the total solar output, which I seem to recall has been increasing the past couple of decades, but I see no mention of it. Must be a minor effect compared to what they're measuring.

I do remember the difference Mt Pinatubo made for a couple of years. Nice sunsets, too.

Monday, September 11, 2006 at 2:58:00 PM PDT  

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