For all those who offered Al Gore, the inventor
of the internet, the title of god-father of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), you're wrong. Nope, Al Gore
didn't "invent" global warming either. James Lovelock
was the first to posit his concept of the Gaia Theory, which proposes the planet Earth as a single, over-sized, living organism.
The Toronto Sun
carried an article regarding the issue on June 23rd, and that prompted a bit of internet digging.
Lovelock did in fact propose AGW quite some time ago, after his work, in the 1960's, for NASA, developing equipment for the Viking
program to study the environment of Mars, and his work in the late 70's when the CLAW hypothesis was proposed. CLAW
being a theory which suggests a type of phytoplankton produces methyl sulfide, which in turn operates to create a negative feedback loop, which then acts to stabilize the atmosphere of Earth.
The action of planetary homeostasis in relation to the atmosphere was a concept Lovelock and Andrew Watson
came up with. They perfected the idea with a computer simulation called 'Daisyworld'
, which was based on a planet covered with white and black daisies, with an unstable star providing an increasing amount of radiant energy.
Lo and behold, despite the increase in radiant energy, over time, the proportion of black daisies vs. white daisies would fluctuate. The black daisies absorbing more radiant energy to warm the planet, and the white daisies reflecting more radiant energy to cool the planet.
Lovelock hasn't altered his belief in AGW, but he has come to acknowledge the science of alarmist's such as Al Gore, and himself, were very much off the mark and wrong.
A statement in the Sun article offers the explanation that, as a freelance scientist, since being unconnected to government funding; "he’s never been afraid to revise his theories in the face of new evidence. Indeed, that’s how science advances."
Honesty in science is easily one of the most refreshing and unheard of tendencies available in mainstream science today.
Lovelock is also quoted as stating;
“the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.”
I can only add that the above statement is nothing I would ever expect to hear from the Master of Planetary Climatology and Guru of Green: Al Gore, there is simply too much money still to be made
by the Green Guru.
James Lovelock then goes on to poke at the idea of the rising 'Green Religion' noting that it carries all the markers of a religion.