James Lovelock: Humans too stupid to prevent climate change

Lovelock has been in the news a lot in the past few days. He seems like an ornery old bastard. I like him.

[quote]Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change from radically impacting on our lives over the coming decades. This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and independent scientist who developed the Gaia theory.

“I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change,” said Lovelock in his first in-depth interview since the theft of the UEA emails last November. “The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.”

One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is “modern democracy”, he added. “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.”

Lovelock, 90, believes the world’s best hope is to invest in adaptation measures, such as building sea defences around the cities that are most vulnerable to sea-level rises. He thinks only a catastrophic event would now persuade humanity to take the threat of climate change seriously enough, such as the collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica, such as the Pine Island glacier, which would immediately push up sea level.

That would be the sort of event that would change public opinion,” he said. “Or a return of the dust bowl in the mid-west. Another Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report won’t be enough. We’ll just argue over it like now.” The IPCC’s 2007 report concluded that there was a 90% chance that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing global warming, but the panel has been criticised over a mistaken claim that all Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2030.[/quote]

guardian.co.uk/science/2010/ … ate-change

And some videos of him speaking about
Global warming:

The reality of climate change:

Modern science:

Green energy:

and some advice:[quote]
“enjoy life while you can” because
Trying to save the planet ‘is a lot of nonsense’[/quote]
news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/ne … 594561.stm

:thumbsup: Good stuff.

He’s right.

Human beings probably are too stupid, yes, but I don’t agree with it being necessary to suspend democracy in times of war.

A life devoted to science just to come up with that conclusion? Man… I knew the human race was too stupid to help itself back when I was 16 years old…