1977 Spiegel Warned Of Little Ice Age Soon: “Widespread Glaciation” …”Temperature Has Fallen 0.3°C”!

spiegel-1977Back in the 1970s, many media outlets warned of global cooling and even a possible coming ice age. For example here I wrote about how Spiegel in 1974 grimly reported of threatening global cooling and that the odds of global warming were “at best” only 1 in 10,000!

Current warm period “coming to an end”

It turns out that the flagship German weekly news magazine here also warned of global cooling on January 10, 1977, citing leading global climate scientists:

The current warm period, they forecast, is coming to an end.”

In the article Spiegel describes summertime conditions in Europe at the peak of the last ice age, some 18,000 years ago, which “American and European scientists have precisely reconstructed” and ascertained how it had been “very much warmer 120,000 years ago then it is today.”

Spiegel described the works of “Climap”, which had involved scientists from 17 universities charged with the goal of researching the “long term fluctuations of the earth’s climate and developing models for the long-term forecasts“. Also “Climap studied the interrelationships on a decadal scale between the world’s oceans, the atmosphere and the continents as well as the cosmic effects“.

Spiegel wrote how it had been discovered that ice ages had been the normal over the past million years and that the current Holocene had been just a break in the cold.

All of this had been driven by solar-earth orbital variations, among other theories that had been proposed: solar irradiance, cosmic dust, changing earth’s magnetic fields, volcanic aerosols, CO2 distribution over the oceans, polar ice cap extent, ocean currents, etc., the article wrote.

“Widespread glaciation”

Spiegel described that Climap expert James D. Hays, John Imbrie and Nicholas J. Shackleton had examined the Milankovitch cycles and this had led them to conclude that changes in the earth’s orbit had been the “fundamental cause” of the cycles between ice age and warm periods.

Spiegel quoted the scientists:

The trend for the next 20,000 years is headed for a widespread glaciation of the northern hemisphere. and a colder climate.”

Spiegel added:

The earth’s orbit, namely after having been extremely elliptical, is again approaching a circular form, which is characteristic for the ice ages.”

Temperature drop of 0.3°C since 1940s

Spiegel warned of dire consequences:

Since the mid 1940s, for example, the mean annual temperature has fallen 0.3° Celsius: and indeed snow and ice area during this time has expanded by more than a tenth. Also the droughts in the African Sahel zone and the past summers in Europe are being ascribed to the minimally seeming heat loss.”

CIA warning!

Spiegel also wrote that even the CIA had taken the findings very seriously:

America’s intelligence service in any case already summarized the Climap findings in a warning to the US government. The CIA prophesized that the climate would soon simulate soon once again the 1600 to 1850 so-called Little Ice Age — ‘a time of drought, hunger and political unrest’.”


25 responses to “1977 Spiegel Warned Of Little Ice Age Soon: “Widespread Glaciation” …”Temperature Has Fallen 0.3°C”!”

  1. Sunsettommy

    Here is a list of the the 1970’s stories:

    1970s Global Cooling Alarmism


    1. Kenneth Richard

      Or this…

      Massive Cover-up Exposed: 285 Papers From 1960s-’80s Reveal Robust Global Cooling Scientific ‘Consensus’

  2. Svend Ferdinandsen

    Is it only a coincidense that such articles comes when we have winter?
    Like articles of heat flourishing in the summer time.

  3. tom0mason

    As the cold covers 48 states and winter low temperature records are being broken all over the place, people must be reminded that 2016 is officially (according to NASA) the hottest year ever! And remind them that somehow global warming causes snow but no-one can properly explain it. Somehow burning fuel moves the jet-stream, etc, etc.

    Add the line “NASA says 2016 — hottest year ever”, to greeting cards, and emails.

    This winter is a gift! Use it!

    1. Hivemind

      Even in Canberra (Australia), the summer is quite cool compared to normal years. I am wearing a jacket as I type this.

  4. yonason

    I have a feeling that, thanks to Germany’s idiot leaders, things are going to start “heating up” sooner than they think.

    Good luck to my friends there. I hope you can make it out in time.

    1. AndyG55

      sop will invite 4 of the young men to live in his house.

      Won’t you, sop. 😉

      1. yonason

        Of course he will. He’s such a kind hearted soul (he’s told us so himself). And he can take them under his wing, and teach them all about global warming and politics. Oh the fun they’ll have.

        1. AndyG55

          Actually, he/she would probably enjoy having 4 young men in his house… one way or another.

          First visitors for ages.

  5. yonason


    When more credence is given to nonsense than to reality, the outcome is ultimately evil.

  6. AndyG55

    I know this is OT but



    1. yonason

      Wow! That IS good news! About time the “little guys” get some protection from the corporate criminal scam artists.

  7. sod

    Now please link to the 90% consensus among scientists at that time.

    or was it just a scare in some media reports?

    1. lemiere jacques

      A consensus doesn’t prove people are right, it “proves” people agree.You should ask yourself what you should learn from this climate fear of the past, its success in the media and so on…

    2. AndyG55

      Hey sop.. did you see this..


      Why any luck this will ripple across the world, and the DEVASTATION wrought by these sick, evil, anti-human, anti-avian, anti-economics, wind turdines will come to an end.

    3. AndyG55

      “or was it just a scare in some media reports?”

      pretty much like global “whatever™” is now, hey sop.

    4. Sunsettommy

      As usual,Sod has no argument to make,just spew out the usual dead end consensus statement, while ignoring HUNDREDS of articles posted in the links,many with scientists in them saying that it is getting colder and ice are advancing in many places. You ignore them because it doesn’t fit your warmist religion belief system at all,which is why you are being treated with derision and mockery.

      Sod,you have nothing here obviously or you would have said it instead of the worn out consensus pablum,it is BORING! Warmists have become so gosh darn predictable,push feeble counters that are often about fallacious statements and dead end comments such as cherrypicking,consensus and using obviously corrupted GISS data sets while ignoring superior Satellite data.

      I LIVED through the 1970’s as a Teenager who was reading the articles and even books about it. It was real Sod and I think you know it since all you said was the consensus claim, nothing more. You have NOTHING to counter, as rational people will see when they come across your laughable replies, that are paper thin without credibility found in it.

      1. David Appell

        “I LIVED through the 1970’s as a Teenager who was reading the articles and even books about it”

        Did you read Manabe and Wetherald’s papers? The 1965 report to the Johnson administration? Budyko? Keeling? Schneider? Daniel Moynihan’s letter to Nixon? Revelle and Suess. The National Academy of Sciences?

        If not, your education was misleading and wrong-headed. Kind of sad.


      2. David Appell

        Even the 1973 movie “Soylent Green” knew about the expanding greenhouse effect:


  8. M E

    I was educated in the fifties and sixties. At the Institute of Archaeology where I was a mere technical student we learned about Ice Ages ( Glaciations). This was inferred from geomorphology which appeared to show traces of glacial action in Britain and proxy data for warming cooling and warming again at the beginning of the current climate era.

    It was thought at that time that we were in the Interglacial of this last
    Glaciation. It may still be that we are in that Interglacial , and also that this will come to an end in the near future.

    However we will need to use our tea leaves to find out when exactly
    In these days of tea bags this may be difficult.

    1. David Appell

      Your education appears to be deficient.

      Lots of scientists knew, in the 1960s, about greenhouse warming due to man’s emissions:


      They even wrote a chapter about it in a report to US President Johnson.

  9. nightspore

    It’s fascinating how all these news outlets published articles about widespread cooling at the same time when we know a la Patterson et al. that there was no general concern among scientists. Some strange form of synchronicity perhaps? One that caused the press to start generating scientific accounts instead of just reporting them?

    1. David Appell

      Because your very premise is wrong. See my link below.

  10. David Appell

    There was no consensus on global cooling in the ’60s and ’70s. Unlike today, it was a time before satellites were routinely provide loads of observational data, and scientists were not very sure what was going on. A literature survey of that time found there was no cooling consensus:

    “The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus,” W. Peterson et al, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 89, 1325–1337, 2008

    In fact, by 1965 plenty of scientists had already been warning about global warming from the buildup of greenhouse gases, and by the late ’60s climate models were calculating the warming expected from CO2. List of some papers and reports here:


    1. Kenneth Richard

      David Appell: “There was no consensus on global cooling in the ’60s and ’70s.”


      Massive Cover-up Exposed: 285 Papers From 1960s-’80s Reveal Robust Global Cooling Scientific ‘Consensus’

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