Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, according to James Lovelock, a leading expert who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism. Lovelock warned that as the climate warms, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500 million.
Given the dire situation we face, Lovelock urged people to drop the phrase “global warming,” which has cosy connotations, and instead start to think of it as “global heating.” He also claims that any attempts to tackle climate change will not be able to solve the problem, merely buy us time.
Lovelock is an independent scientist who first proposed the Gaia Theory that argues that the Earth is like a complex living body that is infested with organisms such as humans. .