It’s Back Again To The Global Cooling Headlines Of The 1970s … Climate Science Now Clearly In Total Confusion, Chaos!

In the 1940s and 50s, amid the Arctic meltdown, climate scientists back then warned of an ice-free Arctic and a warming planet.

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USS Skate at an ice-free North Pole in the 1950s. Public domain photo.

Then in the 1970s the sea ice at the Arctic recovered and the globe again struggled with bitterly cold and long winters. Immediately scientists issued dire warnings of a coming potential ice age, like Newsweek reported in 1974:

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 Newsweek, April 28, 1974.

Later in the 1990s, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation had swung back to their warm phases and they reheated the planet, like a bathtub with hot water warms a bathroom. The global temperature jumped a half degree and the panic quickly switched, this time back to global warming and melting Arctic – just like we what we had seen in the 1940s and 50s. And this time environmental activists seized the opportunity and tried to blame it all on human CO2 emissions. The UN set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and governments worldwide committed trillions of our tax money to fight nature by holding profligate conferences and inventing schemes to control human behavior.

But then in the 2000s the planet unexpectedly refused to warm up further, which left many scientists stumped and clueless. Finally over the last years, signs of a cooling planet have been mounting and becoming impossible to deny. Today we see the first scientists bolting for the back door. Just yesterday renown climate scientist Professor Mike Lockwood of Reading University told the world through the BBC that we are possibly looking at “a new mini ice age“.

It’s back to global cooling – climate science is now going back 40 years to the headlines of the 1970s!

So quickly are they able to turn on a dime.

If anything has become clear since the release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report released last month, it is that climate science has collapsed into a state of complete confusion. It is very clear that they now have no idea where the climate is headed and never before has the science found itself in such a state of open dispute.

Politicians take note!

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13 responses to “It’s Back Again To The Global Cooling Headlines Of The 1970s … Climate Science Now Clearly In Total Confusion, Chaos!”

  1. DICK R


  2. eco-geek

    Unfortunately the unfolding cold period is likely to be very severe and this time it might very well trigger the overdue ice age.

    I was saying this over a decade ago almost at the time that Michael Mann was telling the world that CO2 causes global cooling – a much less profitable concept than his more recent hockey stick invention.

  3. Stephen Richards

    Lockwood is not really a climate scientist, not that that should prevent him from commenting, after all, we do. Lockwood is an astrophysicist, I think, and not a particularly good one IMHO. He once said, in response to many skeptics, that there is nothing unusual about solar cycle 24.

    1. DirkH

      “Lockwood is an astrophysicist, I think, and not a particularly good one IMHO. ”

      Why do I have to think of James Hansen, the father of Global Warming, when you say this.

  4. John Shade

    If only there was time for more study of the cooling scare of the 1970s. That coupled with the impact of the ‘Limits to Growth’ may well have been crucial in inspiring the likes of Maurice Strong to spot the opportunity to push climate alarm in UNEP and to get the IPCC designed and launched.

    The sloppy reasoning, the overblown claims, the ludicrous hyperbole, the ‘time is running out’ politicising, and even the actions promoted in response are possibly all but identical in tone and spirit, and in some cases, in the letter, to those we have had to endure in modern times. Both periods involving projecting scary temperature changes. We have seen a switch in sign and a big increase in political impact. The same silliness. The same screeching aunties standing on their chairs at the sight of a mouse, or even the prospect of one. The same opportunism by those willing to take advantage of the noise and the panic to further their own financial and political ends. We’ve had more of it, more deeply and for longer in the warm-scare era.

    Will the next cold-scare one be any better? Surely we will be a bit more sophisticated this time? Maybe we should be studying the cold-scare of the 1970s a lot more.

    1. DirkH

      The UN was invented by the CFR to become the supreme military power and world government.
      This was tested in 1961 in the Kongo, where the UN deposed Tshombe in the breakaway province of Katanga , part of the Kongo, killing 100,000 people in the process.
      The Western public was horrified by the UN massacre.
      So, the CFR and UN decided to go forward toward world government not through force but through deception.
      Hence, Club Of Rome, Limits To Growth – all made to measure for this strategy – ­UN Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm 1972) with Maurice Strong bringing all the NGO’s on as new shocktroops for the Hegelian dialectic, as mock stand-ins for “democratic participation”; in fact paid stooges to this day; and all matters environmental as the McGuffin or mock deity to dance around.

      Global warming or cooling, PCB, Ocone, ocean acidification, anything goes as Ersatz deity.

    2. DirkH

      Oh, and the cold scare of the 70ies, see Our Endangered Atmosphere conference at Stanford with Lovelock, Holdren, Schneider and Mead, did blame Global Cooling on – wait for it – antropogenic CO2 – arguing that CO2, being an LWIR active molecule, emitted all the heat to space.

      They only switched from the cooling to warming scare in 1988 with Hansen’s infamous A/C stunt during his presentation to congress delegates (I think it was congress, somebody correct me if I’m wrong).

      The culprit was the same, humans. Which is the important thing in all UN enviro scares.

      1. BobW in NC

        …and it is certainly weird, that anthropogenic CO2 constitutes only ~3% of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year. 3%!!! Must be powerful stuff.

        Moreover, water vapor, at 1% to 4% of the atmosphere (25 to 100X the atmospheric concentration of CO2) is energized (correct term?) by long-wave IR exactly like CO2 is, perhaps a little more strongly.

        So – whatever CO2 does, water vapor does “better.” Curious no one mentions that, though.

        Sorry my knowledge of the physics in this area is meager. I regularly use this argument whenever I talk with a CAGW supporter. So, please correct anything I have wrong. Thanks.

        1. DirkH

          Water vapor has a MUCH broader IR absorption/emission spectrum than CO2, which only has two small bands, at 1.5 and 4.3 micrometer wavelength.

          And yes, the ordinary warmist follower does not know or has to think hard to remember that there was that OTHER greenhouse gas, called H2O. It’s fun to test them.

          1. BobW in NC

            Thank you, DirkH! This biologist really appreciates your (and others) input.

  5. Paul Homewood

    You can see the BBC video with Paul Hudosn and Mike Lockwood here.

  6. John Wezel

    I can’t wait til the new product from ClimateIndustries is out: ClimateSensitivity®. The most advanced remedy ever against unsettled science.

    With ClimateSensitivity® we can have the combined effects of GlobalWarming® and NewIceAge®. There will be climate extremes all the times! When it’s not too hot it’s too cold. Normal temperatures are safely avoided. As soon as high temperatures can not be maintained any longer a sudden switch to a freezing cold is induced.

    1. DirkH

      Alarmism has switched from warming scare to cooling scare many times in the past.

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