Saturday, August 18, 2007

Newsweek '75: Scientific Consensus on Global Cooling

Yep, you read that headline right. In 1975, Newsweak claimed "scientific consensus" on the topic of global cooling.

Back in '75, some scientists were proposing solutions to global cooling like melting the polar ice caps.

Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change... They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality...

Dennis Dutton has the whole article. Honestly, I couldn't stop giggling.

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