Do you remember this TV commercial?
Butter became a sinister artery clogging agent of death!
Fortunately we no longer care about what we eat.
Now margarine is evil and butter is back.
Back in the 70s the only thing that butter was good for was demonstrated by Marlon Brando in Last Tango In Paris.
Thiry years later we are still quite glib about the whole Mother Nature/Gaia thingamabob...
'In James Lovelock's latest book, The Revenge of Gaia, he argues that the lack of respect humans have had for Gaia, through the damage done to rainforests and the reduction in planetary biodiversity, is testing Gaia's capacity to minimize the effects of the addition of greenhouse gases in the atomosphere.
This eliminates the planet's homeostatic negative feedback potential and increases the likelihood of positive feedbacks associated with runaway global warming.
Similarly the warming of the oceans is extending the oceanic thermocline layer of tropical oceans into the Arctic and Antarctic waters, preventing the rise of oceanic nutrients into the surface waters and eliminating the algal blooms of phytoplankton on which oceanic foodchains depend.
As phytoplankton and forests are the main ways in which Gaia draws down greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, taking it out of the atomosphere, the elimination of this environmental buffering will see, according to Lovelock, most of the earth becoming uninhabitable for humans and other life-forms by the middle of next century,
with a massive extension of tropical deserts.'
'According to James Lovelock, by 2040, the world population of more than six billion will have been culled by floods, drought and famine. The people of Southern Europe, as well as South-East Asia, will be fighting their way into countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain.'
He says that "By 2040, parts of the Sahara desert will have moved into middle Europe.
We are talking about Paris - as far north as Berlin. In Britain we will escape because of our oceanic position."
Lovelock believes it is too late to repair the damage.
"If you take the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predictions, then by 2040 every summer in Europe will be as hot as it was in 2003 - between 110F and 120F.
It is not the death of people that is the main problem, it is the fact that the plants can't grow - there will be almost no food grown in Europe."
"We are about to take an evolutionary step and my hope is that the species will emerge stronger. It would be hubris to think humans as they now are God's chosen race."
Like I said, it's not nice to f*ck with Mother Nature.