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Today brought a panel of leading scientists together with the father of Gaia theory to debate his theories about global warming.

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Web Exclusive - Edward Stourton's full interview with Dr James Lovelock and panel chairman Prof Brian Hoskins.
Edward Stourton's report of the panel's debate with Dr James Lovelock.
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It's much later than you think - that's the chilling message of Dr James Lovelock's work on climate change.

Dr Lovelock, one of the UK's leading scientists, believes the effects of global warming will be so catastrophic, and so rapid, that they will lead to the deaths of billions of people by the end of this century.

And he predicts that as much of the earth's surface becomes a scorched, arid wasteland, the tiny number of survivors will migrate to the few areas where human life is still possible - such as the Arctic Basin. 

These predictions are intended to be a wake-up call to inspire the public to press for much more radical action to deal with climate change.

But the startling nature of Dr Lovelock's claims - and his warning that we may already have passed the point of no return - have divided opinion even among scientists who are concerned about global warming.

So BBC Environmental Analyst Roger Harrabin and Today brought together a panel of seven eminent figures from disciplines with a bearing on climate change, to put Dr Lovelock through a rigorous process of examination on the case he makes in his most recent book, "The Revenge of Gaia".

The panel contained:
* (Chairman) Prof Brian Hoskins, Royal Society Research Professor, Reading University
* Prof Chris Rapley  Director, British Antarctic Survey
* Lord Oxburgh - University Scientist; former chairman of Shell
* Dr Vicky Pope  Head of the Climate Prediction Programme, Hadley Centre
* Prof Hans von Storch Director, Institute for Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany
* Prof Susan Owens  Professor of Environment and Policy, Cambridge University
* Prof Andrew Watson  Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia



Today brought together a panel of top scientists to grill Dr James Lovelock about his controversial book "The Revenge Of Gaia" and to discuss their thinking on climate change. The discussions were moderated by BBC Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin and chaired by Professor Brian Hoskins of the Royal Society. You can listen to the entire proceedings by clicking on the links for the various chapters below.

First Session:

1) James Lovelock: how I came to write this book: LISTEN
2) Panellists introduce themselves: LISTEN
3) The panel's initial impressions of the book: LISTEN
4) Opening discussions: LISTEN
5)  Will global warming kill ocean life?: LISTEN
6) Is aerosol pollution saving us from the worst?: LISTEN

Second Session:

7) Dr Lovelock explains how Gaia theory informs his predictions: LISTEN
8) Will things get as bad, as fast, as Dr Lovelock predicts?: LISTEN
9) Nuclear: LISTEN
10)  Wind power - a lot of hot air?: LISTEN
11) Will Dr Lovelock's predictions inspire drive readers to action or despair?: LISTEN
12) Roger Harrabin delivers the panel's verdicts: LISTEN
Read how the panel voted on our questions about James Lovelock and climate change

13) Dr Lovelock responds: LISTEN 

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