Skip to comments.Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions
Posted on 09/18/2019 9:34:37 AM PDT by grundle
Modern doomsayers have been predicting climate and environmental disaster since the 1960s. They continue to do so today.
None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true.
What follows is a collection of notably wild predictions from notable people in government and science.
More than merely spotlighting the failed predictions, this collection shows that the makers of failed apocalyptic predictions often are individuals holding respected positions in government and science.
While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not revisited.
1967: Dire famine by 1975.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune, November 17, 1967
1969: Everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam by 1989.
Source: New York Times, August 10 1969
1970: Ice age by 2000
Source: Boston Globe, April 16, 1970
1970: America subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980.
Source: Redlands Daily Facts, October 6, 1970
1971: New Ice Age Coming
Source: Washington Post, July 9, 1971
1972: New ice age by 2070
Source: NOAA, October 2015
1974: New Ice Age Coming Fast
Source: The Guardian, January 29, 1974
1974: Another Ice Age?
Source: TIME, June 24, 1974
1974: Ozone Depletion a Great Peril to Life
But no such great peril to life has been observed as the so-called ozone hole remains:
NASA Data | Graph
1976: The Cooling
Source: New York Times Book Review, July 18, 1976
1980: Acid Rain Kills Life in Lakes
Noblesville Ledger (Noblesville, IN) April 9, 1980
But 10 years later, the US government program formed to study acid rain concluded:
Associated Press, September 6, 1990
1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
Source: New York Times, January 5, 1978
But according to NASA satellite data there is a slight warming trend since 1979.
1988: James Hansen forecasts increase regional drought in 1990s
But the last really dry year in the Midwest was 1988, and recent years have been record wet.
1988: Washington DC days over 90F to from 35 to 85
But the number of hot days in the DC area peaked in 1911, and have been declining ever since.
1988: Maldives completely under water in 30 years
Source: Agence France Press, September 26, 1988
1989: Rising seas to obliterate nations by 2000
Source: Associated Press, June 30, 1989
1989: New York Citys West Side Highway underwater by 2019
Source: Salon.com, October 23, 2001
1995 to Present: Climate Model Failure
2000: Children wont know what snow is.
Source: The Independent, March 20, 2000
2002: Famine in 10 years
Source: The Guardian, December 23, 2002
2004: Britain to have Siberian climate by 2020
Source: The Guardian, February 21, 2004
2008: Arctic will be ice-free by 2018
Source: Associated Press, June 24, 2008
2008: Al Gore warns of ice-free Arctic by 2013
But its still there:
Source: WattsUpWithThat.com, December 16, 2018
2009: Prince Charles says only 8 years to save the planet
Source: The Independent, July 9, 2009
2009: UK prime minister says 50 days to save the planet from catastrophe
Source: The Independent: October 20, 2009
2009: Arctic ice-free by 2014
Source: USA Today, December 14, 2009
2013: Arctic ice-free by 2015
Source: The Guardian, July 24, 2013
The paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02550-9 (open access)
Gas hydrate dissociation off Svalbard induced by isostatic rebound rather than global warming
Methane seepage from the upper continental slopes of Western Svalbard has previously been attributed to gas hydrate dissociation induced by anthropogenic warming of ambient bottom waters. Here we show that sediment cores drilled off Prins Karls Foreland contain freshwater from dissociating hydrates. However, our modeling indicates that the observed pore water freshening began around 8 ka BP when the rate of isostatic uplift outpaced eustatic sea-level rise. The resultant local shallowing and lowering of hydrostatic pressure forced gas hydrate dissociation and dissolved chloride depletions consistent with our geochemical analysis. Hence, we propose that hydrate dissociation was triggered by postglacial isostatic rebound rather than anthropogenic warming. Furthermore, we show that methane fluxes from dissociating hydrates were considerably smaller than present methane seepage rates implying that gas hydrates were not a major source of methane to the oceans, but rather acted as a dynamic seal, regulating methane release from deep geological reservoirs.
2013: Arctic ice-free by 2016
Source: The Guardian, December 9, 2013
2014: Only 500 days before climate chaos
Amazing, we are still here, and I’m wearing a vest since it is 61 degrees at 9:45 PDT in N. California.
I was 7 when the 1975 famine report came out.
I was so sure I would die of one of a million things once, maybe even from a global freeze.
Now at 51, it seems I have a chance of dying of old age.
Ain’t that a kick in the head :)
And each generation will have its speakers of doom telling them what will destroy the earth and humans and cats and dogs and goldfish and...
ping to mail to my congressmen later. pong to keep for the next generation to prove how stupid people can be. ping again for kids that abort children because they don’t want them to die because we vote Republican.
The Earth is not fragile. An omnipotent God is in charge.
Bump for future reference.
Bump for future reference.
What is the Truman quote about becoming wealthy in Washington, D.C.........
NOT ONE... Not one itty bitty little one...not one... zip, nada, zero... NONE of them have ever come true...
Sad thing is that the result of all those nonsensical predictions, is the fact most people now ignore reasoned warnings.
And then when something happens, these folks that missed on tens of thousands of fake predictions, then claim they predicted it before hand.
Yep, they predicted hundreds of bad things, and came close once.
That’s what I consider possibly actionable prediction malpractice.
The left never changes, look at the picture of Dr. Paul Ehrlich, a lot like that water color portrait of Obama or perhaps it should be reversed.
We have relatives who were farmers and ranchers when that bs came out about everyone starving.
They and their off spring said that it was bs then,and they say the same thing, when it is polished up as the latest end of the world.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Obama:
I have a small favor to ask.
Could you exchange your “Black Magic” for my “White Privilege”?
For thousands of years, people have been claiming and asserting ‘the end is nigh’......anyone expecting a change or for such to stop are hilarious historically ignorant and utterly hilarious......
67 and partly cloudy , cool and a bit breezy here on The Jersey Shore.
Awesome post. Is there any way I can archive this????
If we’re ever right, you won’t be around to kick us around anymore, but neither will we. Believe us, ths sky is galling!
Gorebull warming here at 77 with 48% humidity. Wind at 16 mph from the WSW.
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