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80 Percent Drop In Earth’s Population

80 Percent Drop In Earth’s Population

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Published by Richard Boettner
James Lovelock, who has written a number of books, predicts we have come too far to save ourselves and countries like the U.S. and England, where people really could care less, haven't acted fast enough. It has a doomsday feel to it when you read it. I happen to think we have a very small window of opportunity, a very small window, but only if people get off their collective back-sides, only then do we have a chance. Good Luck everyone and good reading.
James Lovelock, who has written a number of books, predicts we have come too far to save ourselves and countries like the U.S. and England, where people really could care less, haven't acted fast enough. It has a doomsday feel to it when you read it. I happen to think we have a very small window of opportunity, a very small window, but only if people get off their collective back-sides, only then do we have a chance. Good Luck everyone and good reading.

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80 Percent Drop In Earth’s Population,Says Top U.K. Scientist
Some like it hot! According to environmentalist James Lovelock,we’ll get plenty of hot between now and the end of this century.“We are so far down the path toward the hottest we have been,”Dr. Lovelock, who is also a leading atmospheric scientist, toldStockInterview in a tape-recorded interview last week, “that asmany of us look at it, it’s not going to make very muchdifference what anybody does.” We already have doomed ourselves!In stronger commentary, which he wrote forEngland’s Independentnewspaper, this past January, Lovelock warned, “The Earth isabout to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000years.” And we were worrying about another Ice Age?Skeptics might wonder if his 1200-word essay was just hype,publicity for his book. Lovelock’s scathing 'our-world-is-doomed' article was published about two weeks before PenguinBooks(UK) began selling his latest work,The Revenge of Gaia, inbookstores across the British Isles. He did admit within hisnewspaper commentary, “This article is the most difficult I havewritten.” While interviewing Dr. Lovelock, during ourtransatlantic phone conversation, the octogenarian sounded sadwith his prediction, but still optimistic, despite his ruthlessappraisal of what may lay ahead for the rest of this century. “Isee the crunch coming as an opportunity to improve ourselves ina way. Who knows? Man may have a better chance when he startsagain.”
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ONLY ONE BILLION HUMANS WILL SURVIVE
What does he mean by starting again? “By the end of thiscentury, there is a high probability that the bulk of ourspecies on the planet will be eliminated,” the soft-spokenLovelock gravely remarked. “There may be something, plus orminus, on the order of a billion [people] left.” Is there muchhope, we asked. “I don’t see our current civilization hackingit,” he lamented in his response. But, but, what if? “Enormouschanges must be made,” he stressed. “Society is much too slow incutting back (polluting, CO2 emissions, oil consumption, consumeless-at least 50% less and so on).” He insisted these changesshould have started at least 50 years ago, or more. Later headded, as an afterthought, “If Europe and the USA were trying tobe good and cut back by 30 percent, it’s really not going tohelp much. I don’t think the public wants to do it.” In otherwords, people as a whole could care less.In Lovelock’s forecast, he envisions, at the end of thiscentury, the last few humans would be forced to rebuild theremnants of our civilization in the Arctic. It won’t be as coldup there by then, as you might think. He told us, “Within 25years, most of the global ice in the Arctic will be gone. Youwill be able to take a sailboat to the North Pole.” How longbefore we begin to feel these changes? “In my own modeling, Irather think it is an unknown number of years [but sooner thanwe think],” Lovelock explained. “It may be five years or it maybe 30 years.” He offered a visual, “Think of it as a rope or astring. Global warming may run up in a straight line or a curvelying a bit loose as the IPCC seems to project.”Lovelock summarized why his forecast is dire and probably
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irreversible, “Everybody forgets the greatest damage we’ve doneto the earth is not so much the emissions from greenhouse gases,but taking away the natural resistance from the farmlandecosystem. By doing that, we have disabled the planet’s abilityto regulate itself.” Lovelock does not enjoy painting a pictureof what earth might look like several decades from now. He wrotein the Independent, in January, “Much of the tropical land masswill become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve forregulation; this adds to the 40 per cent of the Earth's surfacewe have depleted to feed ourselves.” Through his book and invarious articles, Lovelock has repeatedly blastedenvironmentalists who gamble away earth’s future by campaigningfor renewable energy sources.That’s when we began talking about environmentalists, especiallythe idealists who claim to be helping preserve the earth. So, weasked this leading environmental scientist what was really wrongwith today’s environmental movement. Bitterness entered hisvoice when Lovelock answered, “It’s mostly made up of urbanpeople, who know almost nothing about the countryside and stillless about the ecosystem.” The vast manjority of people have noclue how to put seed in the ground in order to produce their ownfood. They are disconnected, even severed from their surroundingenvironment and what it takes to create a true sustainablesystem. He scoffed, “Their solutions are basically urban-political solutions. They continue to insist on wanting to runtheir cars on bio-fuels. This is one of the maddest ideas of thelot.” Lovelock cuts no slack for those championing the cause ofbio-fuels. He writes inThe Revenge of Gaia, “It would requireus to burn every year about two to three gigatons of carbon asbio-fuel (a gigatons is one thousand million tons). Compare this
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