Flashback 1880s, 1920s, 1970s: Global Cooling (Time magazine and the main stream press)

Not so long ago we worried about global cooling…

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,944914,00.html

Excerpt (emphasis added)

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age. Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.”

Anyway, if you kept up with developments, Global Warming is no longer the issue. Today, the issue is Climate Change. But why is climate change an issue today? If climate change is an issue today, does it mean that climate has never changed in the past few million years or does it mean that even though climate changed throughout the ages, it is only today that it is a problem?

Sooo many questions… so few rational answers.

Can we really rely on the predictions of eggspurts (experts)?

But even earlier than the 70s, the media were still getting their knickers in a twist over the climate…

Climate Change and the media 1880 – today

A tale of man’s hysterical inclinations and our innate, if obtuse, habit of dramatizing marginally significant events and extrapolating present trends into predictions of future facts. Seriously folks, meteorologists can barely predict weather 24 hours in advance and they want us to believe they can predict mean temperature shifts of two degrees over 100 years?

http://www.businessandmedia.org/specialreports/2006/fireandice/fireandice.asp

Excerpts – (but read the article as it has fascinating references to media articles dating back to the beginning of the last century.)

“Following the ice age threats from the late 1800s, fears of an imminent and icy catastrophe were compounded in the 1920s by Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan and an obsession with the news of his polar expedition. As the Times put it on Feb. 24, 1895, “Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again.”

Those concerns lasted well into the late 1920s. But when the earth’s surface warmed less than half a degree, newspapers and magazines responded with stories about the new threat. Once again the Times was out in front, cautioning “the earth is steadily growing warmer.”

After a while, that second phase of climate cautions began to fade. By 1954, Fortune magazine was warming to another cooling trend and ran an article titled “Climate – the Heat May Be Off.” As the United States and the old Soviet Union faced off, the media joined them with reports of a more dangerous Cold War of Man vs. Nature.

The New York Times ran warming stories into the late 1950s, but it too came around to the new fears. Just three decades ago, in 1975, the paper reported: “A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable. That trend, too, cooled off and was replaced by the current era of reporting on the dangers of global warming. Just six years later, on Aug. 22, 1981, the Times quoted seven government atmospheric scientists who predicted global warming of an “almost unprecedented magnitude.”

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7 Responses to “Flashback 1880s, 1920s, 1970s: Global Cooling (Time magazine and the main stream press)”

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  2. rogerglewis Says:

    In common with the bankers the Climate Modelers refuse to admit to procrusteun possibilities in their sincere conviction that they and only they can save the world and make all our futures safe.

    • guidoamm Says:

      “Procrustean”… LOL… had to look it up… good one… Climate Modelers like all type of experts routinely succumb to what is generally known as the “expert” or “specialist” syndrome whereby they cannot contemplate not knowing something particularly if it relates to their field of expertise.
      Thank you for stopping by

    • guidoamm Says:

      However, whereas climate modelers may be genuinely misguided as, indeed, may be the vast majority of bankers, a restricted band of central bankers are deliberately deceiving not only the public but also the politicians that enact the policies they dictate.
      The difference is fiduciary duty. Climate Modelers are arrogant. Central bankers are criminals.

      • rogerglewis Says:

        Fiduciary duties owed by bankers to their Victims( whoops sorry Customers )
        is a very interesting one There are not to my knowledge any precedents at law
        at least not in the same way that Directors owe fiduciary duties to their shareholders and creditors and so on. There is a legal concept of usufruct which I have been exploring the basis of Fractional reserve banking capital/liquidity ratios and off balance sheet derivatives is an interesting one if you consider how banks massively leverage the assets of others charged to them.
        I agree with you that there is a pretty big confidence trick being pulled here although governments are kind of in on the game and I suspect what we have at present is a falling out amongst thieves whilst they all apportion blame for the necessity of having put the Golden Goose on life support.
        It reminds me of an old joke.

        There was a couple of tourists passed by a farm where they had a three legged pig. Courteously they knocked on the farmers door to inquire about the pig as to why it only had three legs.

        The farmer told him that it was a very special pig, “At one time when our daughter Judy was swimming in the pond and almost drowned that very pig, got all excited, came running up to the house, got our attention, and we went down to the pond and rescued Judy.

        Then another time, when the barn started on fire that same pig came running and got our attention, and we were able to save the farm. Yep that’s one special pig and when you got one that special, you don’t want to eat it all at once!”

        I won’t bore you with the exponential and ad nauseam metaphor one could extract from that modest allegorical comedic episode. In short the bastards have been burning the candle at both ends have been caught with their trousers down and fingers in the till.
        All along they continue to believe that Bull Shit will baffle brains indefinitely!

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