A Couple of Q&A’s

Here’s mine, with the climatologist Kelly Redmond, in Grist.

Here’s Andrew Revkin’s, with genius scientist James Lovelock, in the NYTimes.

Lovelock is predicting flat-out doom from "global heating," and within twenty years. He told the Washington Post:

"Our global furnace is out of control. By 2020, 2025, you will be able to sail a sailboat to the North Pole. The Amazon will become a desert, and the forests of Siberia will burn and release more methane and plagues will return."

That’s not what I’ve heard, but the scientists I talk to are not "big picture" thinkers comparable to Lovelock. Here’s a graphic version, from his book "The Revenge of Gaia."

Note that the most projections for global heating estimate no more than 3C by 2050. So Lovelock may be right on target, but just a little ahead of the curve. That would be characteristic, wouldn’t it?

The_revenge_of_gaia_map

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