Climate Change Will Kill Billions This Century
A leading scientist writes that climate change will kill billions of people this century as the Earth enters a “fever” phase. James Lovelock is the scientist who propounded that the Earth is a self-regulating organism in the “Gaia Theory”. Like me and others, he has concluded that the world has already passed the point of no return for climate change, and civilization as we know it is now unlikely to survive. Humanity has simply overwhelmed the Earth System's myriad feedback mechanisms which in the past have acted in concert to keep the Earth habitable and much cooler than it otherwise would be.
U.S. and European temperatures are now expected to rise 8C (15F) and those in the tropics will rise by 5C (8F), faster than anticipated in current UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. And the impacts will be cataclysmic. “Over the coming decades soaring temperatures will mean agriculture may become unviable over huge areas of the world… water supplies for millions or even billions may fail. Rising sea levels will destroy substantial coastal areas… Numberless environmental refugees will overwhelm the capacity… to cope, while modern urban infrastructure will face devastation from powerful extreme weather events…”
Despite the warnings of eminent scientists and tireless efforts of Earth advocates, it is clear that Gaia's condition is critical. Soaring numbers of human beings each scrambling to consume ever more have damaged the living planet's ancient regulatory system and destruction to the Earth's life-giving biosphere is accelerating uncontrollably. Earth vandals in the oil and military industries have stifled adequate policy responses while they could still have made a difference. No technology exists to replicate the global ecological system, and never will. Lovelock terms the Earth's critical state “The Revenge of Gaia” and examines it in detail in a new book with that title, to be published next month.