Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.
The implications were extraordinary.
Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.
Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic.
I’ve always been wary of the whole global warming hysteria, I can almost guarantee that any hysteria bought into by governments, is probably a lie. Anything from the Y2K, the ongoing ‘war on terror’ and the constant theoretical dirty bombs that mad Muslims are just about to detonate in our cities, to the Ozone hole (which no one talks about anymore), to the imminent cutting of the last Amazonian tree. It is strange, an area of jungle the size of Belgium was disappearing every six months, and it still looks exactly the same size on maps!!! And global warming, which became climate change, seems to me another government-funded program of hysteria.
Perhaps they realise, the people instinctively understand that something is very wrong in the world? And perhaps these invented crises are there to prevent anyone from seeing the true crisis in the world?
It has been a rather pleasant day without the constant background noise of planes making their decent into Heathrow, usually one can hear them in the morning being quite loud and oft-times in the evening as well, so a whole day without planes is very welcome. I was in Earl’s Court tube station yesterday lunch time and heard something like ‘Due to a cloud of volcanic ash over the country, all flights into and out of the UK have been cancelled until further notice’, I was only half listening, as I was lost in my own thoughts, but that got my attention, ‘Volcanic ash’? I said to myself, ‘there are no volcanos in Britain, or anywhere near for that matter’ I thought, I then tried to place the nearest volcanos, I came up with Etna, Vesuvius and those volcanos in Iceland, but no I must have heard it wrong, no one around me seemed to have noticed, I looked up at the sky, a beautiful sunny day, no ash cloud there, then I thought it might be some tube worker having a bit of fun with us, as they sometimes do, making things up for their amusement, although that usually happens late at night or very early in the morning when, I assume, their bosses are no where abouts.
So I dismiss it as either a figment of my imagination or some tube prank, and when I pass the news agents, I look in and have a scan of the newspaper headlines and there is nothing about ash clouds or volcanos, so I stop thinking about it. Well, once I got to St Pancras, the only thing they were talking about was the ash cloud, the large TV screen had the story. What a surprise!
Well, as I have written, I am loving this respite from the constant noise of planes, luckily for us, the sun is shining, the trees are leafing and the flowers blossoming, Spring is here, the long cold Winter has left and the cherry on the top is we have a few days without those dreadful planes, life could not get any better! Well actually it could but, I’m in too cheerful a mood to have it ruined at the moment!