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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:52 pm
 


Here's an interesting article from Newsweek...

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There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. “A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.”

A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.

To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earth’s average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras – and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the “little ice age” conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 – years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.

Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. “Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data,” concedes the National Academy of Sciences report. “Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.”

Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century. They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere. These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases – all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.

“The world’s food-producing system,” warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA’s Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, “is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago.” Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.

Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. 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.

—PETER GWYNNE with bureau reports



Punchline is the date: April 28, 1975

And how much of this thirty-two year old alarmism is echoed in what we hear today? The last paragraph sounds 'ominously' just like some of the claptrap we hear from the same people today.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:55 pm
 


More fun here:

http://www.businessandmedia.org/special ... andice.asp





PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:39 pm
 


More fun.... the media hype is always funny especially when they get caught in lie!

http://www.ec.gc.ca/doc/smc-msc/m_110/s4_eng.html

Canada's Top Ten Weather Stories for 2007
Table of Contents

4. Tropical Summer on the Prairies
Each summer across the Prairies a couple of weeks of warm, sunny weather is expected and welcomed. But for several weeks this summer, hot, thick, and unusually sticky air tried the patience of many Prairie residents, playing havoc with everything from hospital surgeries to people's hair.

Calgarians suffered through their second hottest July on record, a mark set more than 70 years ago in 1936.



the hot July weather in Calgary as reported by the CHQR newsroom.




Sweltering Calgary July Makes Top Ten Weather Events List
Dec, 27 2007 - 1:30 PM


CALGARY/AM770CHQR - Calgary's hottest July on record has made the cut for Environment Canada's Top Ten Weather Stories for 2007.
It was part of what forecasters call the Tropical Prairie Summer, landing at number four on the list.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:12 pm
 


Upside: you don't have to shovel humidity. :wink:





PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:22 pm
 


Enviro-gems. :lol:

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The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WWII is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialization, mechanization, urbanization and exploding population.

—Reid Bryson, “Global Ecology; Readings towards a rational strategy for Man”, (1971)

The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Population control is the only answer.

—Paul Ehrlich, in The Population Bomb (1968)

I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.

—Paul Ehrlich in (1969)

In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.

—Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day (1970)

Before 1985, mankind will enter a genuine age of scarcity…in which the accessible supplies of many key minerals will be facing depletion.

—Paul Ehrlich in (1976)

This [cooling] trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.

—Peter Gwynne, Newsweek 1976

There are ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production—with serious political implications for just about every nation on earth. The drop in food production could begin quite soon… The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologist are hard-pressed to keep up with it.

—Newsweek, April 28, (1975)

This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.

—Lowell Ponte in “The Cooling”, 1976

If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000. … This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.

—Kenneth E.F. Watt on air pollution and global cooling, Earth Day (1970)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:11 pm
 


Yes...thet cooling trend was reversed by Y2K...all those microchips burning out.

And all the hot air emanating from the left.

Boy oh boy did I make a pile of dough off the Y2k idiots.





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No, it got a case of the Avian Flu and died with the" millions of people around the world"


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:50 pm
 


mtbr wrote:
No, it got a case of the Avian Flu and died with the" millions of people around the world"


That should be, the Avian Flew away. :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:56 am
 


Thought I'd add to this with a pdf link to an image of the original article:

http://www.denisdutton.com/newsweek_coolingworld.pdf


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Its alive...ALIVE!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:20 am
 


Yeah, I just didn't want to post another topic with the same name. Lord knows if I were to edit the title to make it stand out from the first one I'd catch no end of shit about it.


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For the record, I'd much rather have Global Warming over Global Cooling.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:08 am
 


llama66 wrote:
For the record, I'd much rather have Global Warming over Global Cooling.


Me, too. I'm rather fond of visiting places like Edmonton without first having to dig through a 3km thick continental ice sheet to get there.


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BartSimpson wrote:
llama66 wrote:
For the record, I'd much rather have Global Warming over Global Cooling.


Me, too. I'm rather fond of visiting places like Edmonton without first having to dig through a 3km thick continental ice sheet to get there.

Just don't come during the winter. :P


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:18 am
 


Newsweek's correction of the above article, 2006.

https://www.newsweek.com/climate-change ... ils-111927


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