Enviromental Catastrophes
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It seems that every few decades a new enviromental catastrophe is looming on the horizon threatening the world. From global warming to overpopulation to global cooling. This is not a thread to detract from any legitimate serious issues, such as [local] polution, tainted drinking water, etc.. but rather against uncertain movements that take on the aspects of a religion.

Global Cooling was the enviromental zeitgeist of the of the previous generation.

 
 


 

 

"Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extrememly serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth's surface could tip the climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years."

 

Time Magazine June 24, 1974

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 "Man, too, may be somewhat responsible for the cooling trend. The University of Wisconsin's Reid A. Bryson and other climatologists suggest that dust and other particles released into the atmosphere as a result of farming and fuel burning may be blocking more and more sunlight from reaching and heating the surface of the Earth."

 

Time June 24, 1974
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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."

 

Newsweek April 28, 1975 on global cooling
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"The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it."

 

Newsweek April 28, 1975 on global cooling
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"Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the 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."

 

Newsweek April 28, 1975 on global cooling
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The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality."

 

Newsweek April 28, 1975 on global cooling
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#2
Just a few thoughts on climate doomsayers...

  While I'm quite sure it's possible that things like pollution, deforestation, vast areas of pavement etc.. can have an effect on the weather, history has shown us that nature itself is volatile, without the intervention of man.  The ice age did indeed happen, as have severe world-wide droughts and heat waves.  Severe climate changes from the past are in evidence all over the world.

So many are eager to blame pollution or any other kind of man-made causes for disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.  But historical evidence shows us terrible disasters happened way before deforestation, or pollution, or modern technology.  I think people find comfort in blaming man for these things, because perhaps if man is at fault, then man can do something to "fix it".
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miss_fluffy Wrote:Just a few thoughts on climate doomsayers...

  While I'm quite sure it's possible that things like pollution, deforestation, vast areas of pavement etc.. can have an effect on the weather, history has shown us that nature itself is volatile, without the intervention of man.  The ice age did indeed happen, as have severe world-wide droughts and heat waves.  Severe climate changes from the past are in evidence all over the world.

So many are eager to blame pollution or any other kind of man-made causes for disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.  But historical evidence shows us terrible disasters happened way before deforestation, or pollution, or modern technology.  I think people find comfort in blaming man for these things, because perhaps if man is at fault, then man can do something to "fix it".


Exactly!




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It's all about pride. If man in his hubris thinks that he himself is capable of destabilizing the entire planet's ecosystem and climate, then very little is going to convince him otherwise. The earth has survived for thousands of years before "21st century man" came along, and it's fully capable of sustaining whatever he might throw at it.
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