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Controversial scientist predicts planetary wipeout (We're all Gonna Die!!)
This is London ^ | 11-28-06 | Staff

Posted on 11/29/2006 7:34:31 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182

Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, a leading expert said.

Professor James Lovelock, who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism, said as the planet heats up humans will find it increasingly hard to survive.

He warned that as conditions worsen, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500 million.

Prof Lovelock also claims that any attempts to tackle climate change will not be able to solve the problem, merely buy us time.

Given the dire situation we face, he urged people to drop the phrase "global warming," which has cosy connotations, and instead start to think of it as "global heating."

Prof Lovelock, is an independent scientist who first proposed the Gaia Theory, which argues that the Earth, like a body, is a complex and intricately balanced system which all works together to allow life to continue as we know it.

However he fears that as carbon dioxide emissions from man and the planet itself soar, the Earth will heat up causing water shortages, destroying life in much of the planet's oceans and making it impossible for plants to grow.

Prof Lovelock, who last night gave the 5th John Collier Lecture to the Institution of Chemical Engineers in London, said: "There is very good evidence of what happened 55 million years ago when as much carbon dioxide was put into the atmosphere by geology as is being done by us now.

"Temperatures zoomed up by 8 degrees and stayed there for 200,000 years then came back to normal."

He fears something similar may happen again, and warned: "if it does it is going to make this an exceedingly difficult century."

However Prof Lovelock said mankind has managed to survive previous climatic disasters of the past.

"There have been at least seven of these major climate changes before and we have to adapt," he said.

"It is going to be tough and there will be some evolution of humans during it.

"The survivors will be those humans that can make their way to refuges or Arctic places and survive there.

"I think an awful lot of people will die but I don't see the human species dying out.

"I would think a hot earth could not support much over 500 million."

He warned there are no simple solutions to global heating and there is nothing we can do now to "save the earth."

"People will try to do things but the way to really look at them is they are a bit like when your kidneys fail you can on dialysis - and who would refuse dialysis if death is the alternative?" he said.

"But we have to remember that all they are doing is buying us time. The problems will go on.

"Trying to take the job on of regulating the earth is about as crazy as you can get.

"It is something quiet beyond humans at this stage in their evolution."

Despite this people should do what they can to reduce their impact on the planet.

"There is no point driving around in a Chelsea tractor when you can drive a small car but it does not escape the fact that changes are underway," he warned.

Prof Lovelock's dire forecast for the future of the human race is far more pessimistic than the Government's own assessment of global warming.

Tony Blair told European leaders at a summit in Finland last month that it was not too late to reverse the effects global warming.

In an open letter to delegates he said there was a window of "10-15 years to take the steps we need to avoid crossing catastrophic tipping points."

This echoes the findings of Sir Nicholas Stern in his influential report on climate change.

In it he says there is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change if countries co-operate internationally.


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Goofballs! The neat thing from the enviormental "scientist" point of view is that they can continue to make the most dire predictions over a long enough period that they will be dead before people see they were wrong. They don't care a bit.

Rachel Carson comes to mind.

1 posted on 11/29/2006 7:34:33 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

There is a simple solution to this problem: reduce the Earth's population by 50%.

Funny how you never hear these guys who "sound the alarm bells" make that argument, though.


2 posted on 11/29/2006 7:36:40 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Anti-Bubba182

We're Doomed! ;)


3 posted on 11/29/2006 7:37:20 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Brilliant

Well, if we kill off all the damn terrorists...that'll be a good start...


4 posted on 11/29/2006 7:38:01 AM PST by RockinRight (There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

the libs ought to be in joy. they've been crying 'overpopulation' for decades.


5 posted on 11/29/2006 7:38:13 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

So there, take that Bin Laddie!


6 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:16 AM PST by Waco
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I'll worry about this when Canadian politicians start complaining about all the hot, sweaty Americans invading across their southern border begging for jobs in the Yukon banana plantations.
7 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:26 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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"Trying to take the job on of regulating the earth is about as crazy as you can get. ... "

Describes Al Gore and the environmental crowd to a tee!

8 posted on 11/29/2006 7:40:30 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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There is a simple solution to this problem: reduce the Earth's population by 50%.

That is one of the goals of the misanthropic Left.

9 posted on 11/29/2006 7:42:53 AM PST by NeoCaveman (they love the environment, they just hate humanity more...)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He must have been drinking very heavily as he watched 'Ice Age II'.


10 posted on 11/29/2006 7:43:39 AM PST by lesko
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To: Anti-Bubba182
...he urged people to drop the phrase "global warming," which has cosy connotations, and instead start to think of it as "global heating."


11 posted on 11/29/2006 7:44:08 AM PST by LRS
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The group that practices population contol, ie Europians, is committing suicide vs the Muslims who do not buy the theory and breed sufficiently to take over.


12 posted on 11/29/2006 7:44:16 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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13 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:10 AM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Sorry, I died back in the late 70s when the new ice age hit.


14 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:12 AM PST by Thrusher ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.")
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10-15 years

Ok, who hasn't noticed that there has been a "10-15 years" window for the past 35 years? Anybody?

15 posted on 11/29/2006 7:47:21 AM PST by techcor
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White America is also practicing population control, has a fertility of 1.8 (which is comparable to Europe), and is being replaced in North America by Hispanics, who do not practice population control.
The phenomenon of which you speak is not confined to Europe. It is peculiar to the white race everywhere.


16 posted on 11/29/2006 7:48:26 AM PST by Vicomte13 (Aure entuluva.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

This should make for some good Fox News Alerts over the next few decades.


17 posted on 11/29/2006 7:48:28 AM PST by Pete
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The sad thing is that Lovelocks earlier works were very good and practical whether you agreed with him or not. He is now just another idiot who simply can not realize we have only a tiny understanding of the science and systems that keep earth alive and essentially have nothing but possible theories of past DRAMATIC climate changes and what caused them.
18 posted on 11/29/2006 7:49:26 AM PST by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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Rapid desintgration of sanity among earths leading climatoligists has become even more deadly than previously recognized, this horrible development has now spread to politicans and entertainment elites, the only feasible method we have of stopping this madness would be to set up re-education camps in the tropics.
19 posted on 11/29/2006 7:50:44 AM PST by claptrap (We've found a Witch can we burn her?)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Dude...Global cooling is becoming the new hip trend. You are like, so 15 minutes ago...


20 posted on 11/29/2006 7:50:45 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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