But when you click on the link, you find Lovelock's quote has been rearranged and, more importantly, truncated. The next bit reads:
Well, you can see it from space. It's really happening, and that'll affect the rest of the planet in time.
The way I look at it is, if you've got a glass of a cold drink with ice in it on a hot day, it'll stay cool as long as the ice is there. But the moment all that ice melts, whoomph — it heats up straight away.
So while the Arctic is melting — the floating ice, that is — it won't heat up all that fast. But once that's gone, and they reckon it could be anything from five to 20 years, I think the temperature will run away. It'll soar.
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