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In the news: James “Gaia theory” Lovelock backs off on climate change alarmism

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OTTAWA – James Lovelock, one of the world’s most revered environmentalists and scientists, has admitted to being an “alarmist” about climate change.

Lovelock — whose books predicted billions of people would be dead by the end of this century because of global warming and the last “breeding pairs” of people would have to live at the polar regions — now admits he went too far.

The 92-year-old now says his warnings were too alarmist, and that he and many others, including former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, were “extrapolating too far” from computer models.

“The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he told MSNBC. More.

Kris Sims. “Global warming guru says not so fast,” Calgary Sun, April 30, 2012

Not many 92-year-olds have the presence of mind to assess their own record like that.

Gaia theory argues that “Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably bound to form a self-regulating system.”

A theory worth considering, despite its distressing tendency to attract crackpots.


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