Lovelock On The Coming Catastrophe

Saw this on Synthetic Zero. Got to love Lovelock, he pulls no punches and tells it how it is. We’re all doomed, forget about sustainability, green, Rousseauean returns to nature, etc. It’s just stupid now… 50 years ago maybe, but now we’re too late. Better build liferafts than castles in the air…
“Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive. To Lovelock, the logic is clear. The sustainability brigade are insane to think we can save ourselves by going back to nature; our only chance of survival will come not from less technology, but more”

Also, Paul, below pointed out another one on synthetic zero, a video by Guy R. McPherson that is indeed dire: here… He has a new book out: Going Dark. As McPherson states it in his book:

Until recently I believed complete collapse of the world’s industrial economy would prevent runaway greenhouse and therefore allow our species to persist a few more generations. But in June 2012 the ocean of evidence on climate change overwhelmed me, and I no longer subscribe to the notion that habitat for humans will exist on Earth beyond the 2030s. We’ve triggered too many self-reinforcing feedback loops to prevent near-term extinction at our own hand…


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Update: please note that The Guardian piece linked below is from 2008


Was James Lovelock the first credible scientist to go public with his acceptance of the coming catastrophes of climate change, economic collapse and massive food and water shortages? How many of his colleagues will follow as recognition grows of an end not yet arrived?

Nothing short of a total revolution in human lifeways and social organization is going to derail the accelerating machines of capitalist production. The now standard economies of appropriation and commodified material reorganization are devouring the ecological systems necessary for stable large scale habitation.  “Greening” our communities won’t help and our corporate citizens will continue to do the minimum necessary to appear concerned about sustainability. Growth-mongers and technohyperions alike will drive our societies to the brink and then fail to escape as we this species falls into the abyss of all future adaptations.

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2 thoughts on “Lovelock On The Coming Catastrophe

  1. Guy McPherson would be the current leading advocate of ‘doom soon’ or Near Term Extinction; a tenured professor who walked away to live in the middle of New Mexico. There is a very recent talk of his at Synthetic Zero
    He is confident that we have engaged sufficient self-reinforcing feedback loops and have crossed tipping points that will likely mean human and nonhuman extinction within the next half-century.


    • Thanks, Paul… Yea, a lot of scientists still think we have about 20 year window to at least slow the process down. From what I’ve read it will come in phases…. the first phase unlike the Permian Extinction which they believe was started first by a massive super volcano in Siberia that lasted thousands of years and slowly over 80,000 brought the temp up 6.5 degrees, which then led to (phase 2) which was the melting of the methane store in the ocean bottoms over a 5000 year period that killed off 95% of life.

      Ours will be different in that in about 20 years if we do nothing at all the first phase – which is already well underway will reach that point that within 25-30 years we will have the 6.5 % heat levels that will then not only start the second phase but will double its effects because today our oceans are already above avg so the methane will release sooner: they figure within the next 60-70 almost all life will go extinct.

      What’s sad is that all this could have been prevented 60 years ago but know one took it serious then and no one is taking it serious now. I sometimes think Scott Bakker is right about the brain that we’re so focused on our little bit of narrow misinformation (informatics neglect) that anything outside that box just doesn’t compute or seems to be a political fiction at best… But what’s more sad is that science itself no longer holds the authority it once held, and because of that you have highly paid quacks on the corporate circuits to dispute real science with pseudo-science and this has born its fruit of ruination of humanity.


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