When asked by the journal Nature, “Is climate
change going to be less extreme than you previously thought?”
James Lovelock, developer of the Gaia hypothesis responded, " we were all
so taken in by the perfect correlation between temperature and CO2 in the
ice-core analyses [from the ice-sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, studied
since the 1980s]. You could draw a straight line relating temperature and CO2,
and it was such a temptation for everyone to say, “Well, with CO2 rising we can
say in such and such a year it will be this hot.” It was a mistake we all made.
We shouldn’t have forgotten that the system has a
lot of inertia and we’re not going to shift it very quickly. The thing we’ve all
forgotten is the heat storage of the ocean — it’s a thousand times greater than
the atmosphere and the surface. You can’t change that very rapidly."
has left one of the greatest economic and socially responsible opportunities
wide open and the global warming problem unresovled.