I watched Stephen Sackur interview James Lovelock on the BBCâ€™s Hard Talk programme on Tuesday evening. It was a depressing experience.Â Lovelock largely reiterated the things he said in The Vanishing Face of Gaia, reported in my review here.Â Â I listened to it all again. His familiar and seemingly detached expectation that most of the human race will be extinguished Â this century. His strong distaste for green solutions, especially wind power. HisÂ conviction that all our efforts should now be directed to preparing for life in a diminished world, and that the more time we waste on silly ideas like renewable energy the worse things will be in the end. At present countries like the UK can and should provide a haven for refugees from hotter climates, but there will come a time when the lifeboat is full. Iâ€™m not sure how he envisages events unfolding at that point.