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I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change

 
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I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
Environmental scientist James Lovelock, renowned for his terrifying predictions of climate change's deadly impact on the planet, has gone back on his previous claims, admitting they were 'alarmist'.

The 92-year-old Briton, who also developed the Gaia theory of the Earth as a single organism, has said climate change is still happening - just not as quickly as he once warned.

He added that other environmental commentators, such as former vice president Al Gore, are also guilty of exaggerating their arguments.

The admission comes as a devastating blow to proponents of climate change who regard Lovelock as a powerful figurehead.

Five years ago, he had claimed: '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.'

But in an interview with msnbc.com, he admitted: 'I made a mistake.'

He said: 'The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing,' he told 'We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear cut, but it hasn’t happened.

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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
HOORAY!!! At last SOME of them are moving towards telling the truth!!!!1

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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
COME ON GLOBAL WARMING ACTIVISTS!!! START UP THE OUTRAGE BUS!!!! LOVELOCK IS A "GLOBAL WARMING DENIER"!!! GO GET HIM!!!!
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
Hes obviously been bribed by the oil companies to say that.

Wake up GLObAL Warming is REAL
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
"In 2006 Dr Lovelock predicted the Earth “would catch a morbid fever” that would destroy six billion people - "the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable,” he predicted. In 2009, he was telling the Guardian that "we may face planet-wide devastation worse even than unrestricted nuclear war between superpowers".

"I made a mistake," the 92-year-old scientist now says."

[link to www.theregister.co.uk]


Ha ha ha ha!! The few breeding pairs can live in the Arctic!!! COMEDY GOLD!!!!
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
Hes obviously been bribed by the oil companies to say that.

Wake up GLObAL Warming is REAL
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What a dumbass. Typical eco-fascist.

Climate always changes no matter what. It all starts with the sun.

CO2 thing is a scam to reduce population...
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
Hes obviously been bribed by the oil companies to say that.

Wake up GLObAL Warming is REAL
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Here's a fun fact that maybe you don't know. The biggest and best global warming research institute is the Climate Research Institute at the University of East Anglia, UK. The sponsors of this unit include multiple oil companies. Yes that is right, oil companies PAID FOR THE GLOBAL WARMING RESEARCH. Does that affect your theories at all?

Here's a list of their funders. See how many oil companies you can spot. Remember this is the premier global warming research institute in the world.

"This list is not fully exhaustive, but we would like to acknowledge the support of the following funders (in alphabetical order):

British Council, British Petroleum, Broom's Barn Sugar Beet Research Centre, Central Electricity Generating Board, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Commercial Union, Commission of European Communities (CEC, often referred to now as EU), Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC), Department of Energy, Department of the Environment (DETR, now DEFRA), Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Eastern Electricity, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenpeace International, International Institute of Environmental Development (IIED), Irish Electricity Supply Board, KFA Germany, Leverhulme Trust, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), National Power, National Rivers Authority, Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), Norwich Union, Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, Overseas Development Administration (ODA), Reinsurance Underwriters and Syndicates, Royal Society, Scientific Consultants, Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Scottish and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research, Shell, Stockholm Environment Agency, Sultanate of Oman, Tate and Lyle, UK Met. Office, UK Nirex Ltd., United Nations Environment Plan (UNEP), United States Department of Energy, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Wolfson Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
HOORAY!!! At last SOME of them are moving towards telling the truth!!!!1
 Quoting: Aussie Coward 9871126

Nobody else ever said: "billions of us will die".
Few took him serious.
I think Dr. Lovelock got a bit kooky in his advanced age.

This has no bearing on actual climate projections.
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
Nobody else ever said: "billions of us will die".
 Quoting: Halcyon Dayz, FCD


Are you sure about that? How do you know?
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Re: I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
I guarantee that billions of people will die this century, regardless of climate.

I'm like Kreskin!

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