The man who devised the pseudoscientific, collectivist theory of a Gaia/superorganism has conceded to being alarmist.
From MSNBC (of all places):
James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.
Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.
He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”
This is the man who inspired some of Tim Flannery’s more unusual beliefs.
And now Tim’s hero is selling him out.
He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.
[...]As “an independent and a loner,” he said he did not mind saying “All right, I made a mistake.” He claimed a university or government scientist might fear an admission of a mistake would lead to the loss of funding.
Just what skeptics have been saying all along.
How long will it take the planet not to warm before Gore and Flannery start denouncing their faith in Gaia?
(Via Tim Blair)