Friday, December 2, 2016
It's Getting Better All the Time: Global Cooling?
I have a darn good memory. And one thing that has stuck in my mind is the fear we had during grade school of the pending disaster of a coming man-made Ice Age in our lifetime.
We heard predictions like, "By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." and "Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will affect the earth's temperature, leading to mass flooding or a new ice age." Life magazine
Well, 1985 came and went and that never happened. What really happened is that human ingenuity found ways to make our water and air cleaner. And our standard of living much, much better and environmentally friendly - in spite of population growth and increased levels of CO2 being released worldwide.
(Some history revisionists online are tying real hard to convince us that the scientific community and the media never warned of an ice age. Bah!)
We are not perfect and we have room for improvement, but I think I'll tune out the strident voices that tell us we need to make unreasonable and drastic changes, NOW - OR ELSE! I think you should, too.
Don't let the current predictions of doom keep you from investing in your future. Use the trends of the past to predict the future. Not computer models.
Wikipedia: Global Cooling
Science 09 Jul 1971: Vol. 173, Issue 3992, pp. 138-141