Study: Global cooling a 1970s myth

Feb 21, 2008

A U.S. climatologist said there was no consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headed for a new ice age.

Thomas Peterson of the National Climatic Data Center said a survey of scientific journals of the era showed that only seven supported global cooling, 44 predicted warming and 20 others were neutral, USA Today reported Thursday.

"An enduring popular myth suggests that in the 1970s the climate science community was predicting 'global cooling' and an 'imminent' ice age, an observation frequently used by those who would undermine what climate scientists say today about the prospect of global warming," Peterson said in the report, co-authored by William Connolly of the British Antarctic Survey and John Fleck of The Albuquerque Journal.

The study, which will be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, said a review of the literature suggests that greenhouse warming even then dominated scientists' thinking.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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mikiwud
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 22, 2008
But,the temperature data at the time shows that it was cooling then.The CO2 warming con bandwagon had not started then,so,what did they blame for the "predicted" warming?
It is obvious that temperature changes are natural and been going on ever since the has been an atmosphear on earth.Get used to it!Spend your time and billions on research to find out what is happening in the real world and better the lot of the millions who die needlessly instead of trying to blame every thing on CO2!
It's like executing a known to be innocent man instead of looking for the real killer.

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