Thursday, April 1, 2010

'The inertia of humans is so huge'

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change
The Guardian: This is the stark conclusion of James Lovelock, the globally respected environmental thinker and scientist who developed the Gaia theory... 'I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle as complex a situation as climate change... the inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful.'...

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 [US] midwest. Another Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won't be enough. We'll just argue over it like now.'
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