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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while sales of its “Green New Deal”, said that the world will end in 12 years if nothing is done to tackle climate change.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z… we are like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years, if we don’t tackle climate change,'” Ocasio-Cortez said in January.
But similar past predictions, even by the most prestigious experts did not have the pan off. Here are ten of the greatest apocalyptic prediction failures:
1: GLOBAL WARMING TO WIPE NATIONS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH” IF CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT ADDRESSED BY THE YEAR 2000
In 1989, the Associated Press relayed a warning from a U. N. official:
“A senior U. N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off of the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed in the year 2000.”
The official was Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U. N. Environment Program, who added: “the Changing climate patterns would bring back the 1930 Dust Bowl conditions of the Canadian and AMERICAN wheatlands.”
Instead, the US and worldwide for agricultural production increased, and more than 1 billion people worldwide rose from extreme poverty as a result of the economic growth.
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No nations were “wiped out of the face of the Earth” as of 2019.
However, those who are worried about the warming of the earth note that the U. N. official prediction was more nuanced.
“He is not saying that whole nations will be wiped out of the face of the earth by the year 2000” by Joe Friend, a Senior Fellow at the American Progress, told Fox News.
“He says that if we do not dramatically reverse emissions by the year 2000, then we are not able to avoid future floods,” Friend said.
“Now it seems inevitable that a number of island nations will be wiped out of the face of the earth, because we do not act in time,” he added.
According to NASA, the global sea level rose from 3.5 inches in the 25 years since 1993, when it started reporting satellite data on the sea level.
The world of the lowest country, the Maldives, a collection of islands in the Pacific ocean with a population of more than 400,000, where the highest point in the country is 7.9 metres above sea level, with much of it under 3 metres.
2: MASS STARVATION BY 1975
In 1967, a best-selling book came out called “Famine 1975! America’s Decision: Who Will Survive?”
The predicted mass mortality around the developing world as a result of the growing population. “The current crisis can move in only one direction – in the direction of a catastrophe,” he warned.
Some experts have praised the book and ridiculed the doubters.
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“All serious students of the plight of the underdeveloped nations agree that famine… is inevitable,” Cal Tech biology professor Peter Bonner wrote in 1967, in a review of the book in the prestigious journal Science.
Exactly the opposite of the book the prediction is happened. Hunger deaths fell dramatically in the agricultural improvement of the technology, the communist countries started allowing private property, and the world became more connected.
According to a dataset compiled by Our World in Data, more people died of hunger in the single decade prior to the version of the book than in all the 52 years since it was published.
But the book received widespread praise from experts. Ecologist Paul Ehrlich, now President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, said in 1968 that the book “may be remembered as one of the most important books of our age.”
3: GLOBAL FREEZING AS DANGEROUS AS A NUCLEAR WAR
Cooling was ever an issue for many, such as the University of California, Davis professor Kenneth Watt, who warned that, given the current trends, would the world “eleven degrees colder in the year 2000 … about double of what it would take to put us in an ice age.”
The british science writer Nigel Calder was just concerned. “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind,” Calder warned in the International Wildlife magazine in 1975.
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That quote was excavated by George Mason University economist Walter E. Williams, who argues that there are so many apocalyptic predictions, because they “have an agenda for more government control … fear about the environment is a way to get control of the government,” Williams told Fox News.
“Communism and socialism have lost in the world, so it is already packed, such as the environmental movement,” he added.
“It’s just like watermelons — green outside, red inside.”
4: MASSIVE WARMING OF THE EARTH BY THE YEAR 2000
The same U. N. official who predicted the loss of entire nations in the year 2000, also said: “the most conservative scientific estimate [is] that the temperature on Earth will increase from 1 to 7 degrees in the next 30 years.”
But looking back from 2019, the temperature rose about half a degree Celsius since 1989, according to NASA.
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Friend says that, regardless of what that U. N. official may have said, the projections published in the U. N. the official reports are good.
“All the major scientific evaluations of the global warming are more dire over time, because the emissions of greenhouse gases until recently, continued to rise, with a worst-case scenario rate,” Friend said.
Many people who worry about global warming recognize that the past predictions are exaggerated, but to say that they hope that the attention does not distract the people from the reality that the earth is warming by man as a slower and less catastrophic than some have predicted.
“There are predictions that turned out not to come,” John P. Abraham, a Professor at the University of St. Thomas, who has published articles on climate change, told Fox News. “But … the majority of the climate science is proven.”
6: AL GORE SAYS: 10 YEARS IN 2006
In 2006, during the promotion of his film “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore said that humanity only had 10 years before the world would be a point of no return.
Gore’s film also featured animations of water inundating Manhattan and Florida.
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But Gore’s critics point out that only a few years later, he purchased an $8 million directly on the beach in the neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“I wish that the climate catastrophists practice what they preached and sold me their accommodation on the beach at a steep discount,” Alex Epstein, author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels“, told Fox News.
7: ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER WILL CAUSE A “NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST” BY THE YEAR 2000
In 1982, a U. N. official Mostafa Tolba, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, warned:
“By the turn of the century, an environmental catastrophe will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible, as any nuclear holocaust.”
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No disaster occurred.
8: MASS EXTINCTION IN 1995
In 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.) – often considered the “father of Earth Day” – quoted the secretary of the Smithsonian, which is “of the opinion that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
That has not happened.
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2011-the announcement of the National Science Foundation quotes researcher Anthony Barnosky from the university of Berkeley, who said: “So far, only 1 to 2 percent of all species have gone extinct in the groups we can look at clearly, so by those numbers it seems that we are not too far down the road to ruin.”
Barnosky still expressed concern over a long time horizon, say that 75 percent of the species could extinction “in as little as 3 to 22 centuries.”
9: METAL DEPLETED IN 1990
Scientist Harrison Brown predicted in Scientific American that lead, zinc, tin, gold and silver deposits would be fully exhausted before 1990.
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But mining companies found in new technologies and reserves, such as that by 2019, none of these minerals, in the vicinity of exhaustion.
10: THE REAL REASON?
Economist Walter E. Williams says environmentalists have occasionally tipped their hand about what motivates their predictions.
“We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have,” Stephen Schneider, a professor of Biology at Stanford University, told Discover magazine in 1989. “Each of us must decide what is the right balance between effective and being honest.”
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Williams also cites Senator Timothy Wirth, a Democrat from Colorado, who said in 1988: “We have … try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong … we do the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”
Williams is the exaggerated predictions of some environmentalists unacceptable.
“Lying is never good. To mislead people is never okay,” he told Fox News.
“You can deceive children and tell them there is a santa Claus and the easter Bunny. But it is not the treatment of adults as children.”
Maxim Lott is Executive Producer of Stossel TV and creator of ElectionBettingOdds.com. He can be reached on Twitter.