Monday, 11 January 2010

Sound familiar?

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.

All too familiar right? I expect the Grauniad has an article like this every other week.

However, the above article is from a newspaper from 1975, where not only did they firmly believe there was a cooling trend that would last the rest of the century (with words like "Ice Age" used in the article), but they suggest melting the ice caps by covering them with soot, in order to avoid the catastrophic effects of the cooling trend.

Now, they're suggesting we take far more drastic measures, but to avoid a warming trend? People may argue that they weren't very sure, and were only working with the data they had available, but the same can be said of scientists today. Except the data of today has been fiddled with to meet a political agenda.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Except the data of today has been fiddled with to meet a political agenda."
It certainly has. But your assumption is incorrect - it's the global warming deniers that have the agenda - Exxon and other blue chip companies have been throwing millions of pounds at global warming since the 90's - to produce just the kind of confusion and nonchalance that exists today. Estimates are that they've hampered awareness to the extent that we're more than 10 years behind doing anything useful about it, and with Exxon being the most profitable company on the planet, with sales in excess of $1Bn a day, for them it's been worth every penny.