Want to save the planet? Ditch the emotions, says scientist, 100

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Want to save the planet? Ditch the emotions, says scientist, 100

‘Maverick’ has no time for greens’ simple-minded ideas – and has a few sobering thoughts about cyborgs

Robin Pagnamenta

James Lovelock takes a sip of tea and glances out of his window overlooking Chesil Beach. “If we are going to solve the problem, then it’s the nest of humans who are going to solve it,” the 100-year-old scientist and futurist says quietly, as rain lashes down outside over a windswept English Channel.

“I’ve got my own view on this thing: we’re in a fairly desperate position.”

Lovelock, who first theorised that Earth is a self-balancing biological organism rather than merely a rock (the “Gaia hypothesis”), has been warning about the risks of runaway climate change since the 1970s. He compares mankind’s current predicament with the challenge facing his own generation between 1939 and 1945...

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