initiative started as a remarkable international effort to deal with the
perceived global problem of climate change.
|Partly as a
result of doubt about the reality of global warming, and partly due to
irreconcilable difference and conflicts, agreement on why or how to proceed
has not been achieved
protocol will likely fade away and be forgotten. The climate change issue
will stay. We will continue to study it. Perhaps the next IPCC report due in
2007 will be more convincing it is a reality.
|In any case
humans will continue to rely on energy. New sources will be needed for our
support regardless of the climate change issue. We will go ahead to develop new sources of
energy. Prudence would suggest we learn all we can about the carbon cycle and
means to control atmospheric greenhouse gases. It may turn out to be a
came up with an interesting hypothesis when he worked with the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He suggested the existence of “a complex entity involving the Earth's
biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback
or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment
for life on this planet."
became known as the “Gaia” hypotheses after the goddess of earth from Greek
mythology. Perhaps we more often refer
to Gaia as Mother Nature. Lovelock also suggested that “The earth is more
than just a home. It’s a living system and we are part of it”
|Earlier I noted
a distinction between the “natural” carbon cycle and “human” perturbations in
the IPCC discussion of the carbon cycle. Lovelock includes us as part of the
natural system. That’s fine with me.
|Some say humans
are using and abusing Gaia. I wonder if Gaia is using us to maximize her
influence and productivity.