James Lovelock: "I hope we are civilised when climate disaster strikes"
The Inter Press Service has an interesting interview with James Lovelock, known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, about everything from the IPCC to geo-engineering and climate tipping points.
Lovelock has earlier said that he believes that climate change is now irreversible. He predicts that the major part of the humans, more than six billion people, will get wiped out of the face of the earth due to wars, starvation, epidemics and chaos during the rest of the century due to the effects of a changing climate. Lovelock estimates that by year 2100 there will only be around 500 millions people left who struggles to survive on the few remaining liveable places on earth: Scandinavia, Canada and Iceland.
In the IPS interview Lovelock says he hopes that once climate disaster strikes â€œwe will stay civilised and those in the North will give refuge to the unimaginably large numbers of climate refugeesâ€:
Although I donâ€™t agree with many of the viewpoints Lovelock holds, his nuclear stance being one, I always find his ideas and opinions interesting (and scary!). Lovelockâ€™s latest book "The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning" was released in April earlier this year, which is said to be â€œLovelock's final word on the terrifying environmental problems we will confront in the twenty-first century.â€ I havenâ€™t read it yet, the book is laying here on the table next to me, but I am sure it will be just as interesting as his former books.
via Stephen Leahy