By James E. Lovelock
Celebrities force hybrids, Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize, and supermarkets hold no finish of so-called “green” items. And but the environmental predicament is just getting worse. In The Vanishing Face of Gaia, the eminent scientist James Lovelock argues that the earth is lurching ever towards an everlasting “hot state” – and lots more and plenty extra quick than such a lot experts imagine. there's not anything people can do to opposite the method; the planet is too overpopulated to halt its personal destruction by way of greenhouse gases.
In order to outlive, mankind needs to commence getting ready now for all times on a substantially replaced planet. The meliorist method defined within the Kyoto Treaty has to be deserted in want of nuclear strength and competitive agricultural improvement at the small components of earth that would stay arable.
A reluctant jeremiad from one of many environmental movement’s elder statesmen, The Vanishing Face of Gaia bargains a vital warning call for the human race.
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It applies also to a judge or jury, but it is worse than useless in science. But scientists are human, and we never entirely escape the pull of cognitive dissonance. The range of forecasts by the different models of the IPCC is so large that it is difficult to believe that they are reliable enough to be used by governments to plan policy for ameliorating climate change. It is a brave try at an exceedingly difficult scientific task, and probably we are expecting too much from them: it would be wrong to expect the view of the panel to be truly authoritative.
A wind farm of twenty l mega-watt turbines requires more than ten thousand tons of concrete. It would require two hundred of these wind farms covering an area of one thousand square miles to equal the constant power output of a single coal-fired or 26 T H E J O U R N E Y I N S PA C E A N D T I M E nuclear power station. Even more absurd, a full-sized nuclear or coal-fired power station would have to be built for each of these monster wind farms to back up the turbines for the 75 percent of time when the wind was either too high or too low.
You may well ask with what authority I make them. Why should you read—much less believe—a lone scientist, when the consortium of most of the world’s climate professionals, the IPCC, appear to express a much milder consensus on climate change. My qualifications are listed in my autobiography, Homage to Gaia, but what makes my forecast of future climate different is not simply a matter of disagreement among scientists, although that is normal and healthy enough; why I speak out so strongly and talk of catastrophe is because I am a scientist influenced by evidence coming from the Earth and viewed through Gaia theory.
The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning by James E. Lovelock