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ceti
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posted 17 January 2006 12:03 AM      Profile for ceti     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A very pessimistic prognosis from James Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia Theory, who claims we may be beyond the point of no return. Basically, he thinks we should begin planning for a catastrophic 21st century, even as we continue to combat climate change.

Lovelock is a serious and sober scientist, so his alarming conclusions are quite scary:

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Thirty years ago, the scientist James Lovelock worked out that the Earth possessed a planetary-scale control system which kept the environment fit for life. He called it Gaia, and the theory has become widely accepted. Now, he believes mankind's abuse of the environment is making that mechanism work against us. His astonishing conclusion - that climate change is already insoluble, and life on Earth will never be the same again.
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He says: "We have to keep in mind the awesome pace of change and realise how little time is left to act, and then each community and nation must find the best use of the resources they have to sustain civilisation for as long as they can." He believes that the world's governments should plan to secure energy and food supplies in the global hothouse, and defences against the expected rise in sea levels. The scientist's vision of what human society may ultimately be reduced to through climate change is " a broken rabble led by brutal warlords."
The Independent

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posted 17 January 2006 12:06 AM      Profile for ceti     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Er, being discussed in this thread.
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