Saving Africa From Global Cooling

In 1974, the National Academy of Sciences wanted to evacuate six million people in the Sahel – to save them from global cooling.

ScreenHunter_10341 Sep. 06 18.42TimesMachine: December 29, 1974 – NYTimes.com

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17 Responses to Saving Africa From Global Cooling

  1. Steve Case says:

    Did you not get the memo? The so-called1970s Global Cooling scare has been completely debunked.

  2. TomE says:

    The last paragraph in the article still applies to today except the climate folks and their stenographers in the press refuse to admit it. Obviously reporters in 1974 both smarter and more honest than today.

    • AndyG55 says:

      “Obviously reporters in 1974 both smarter and more honest than today.”

      That is almost certainly true, especially in the government media..

  3. Steve Case says:

    Hmmmmm I see my “Less Than” /sarcasm “Greater Than” symbols disappeared.

  4. I learned something new today. Drought is caused by cooling. I’ll write that down.

    • rah says:

      Well most certainly in the more extreme case globally that is correct. Colder times are dryer times. Increased glaciation results in more water being locked up in ice. I’m sure you’ve noticed on the maps that Gail has posted here at times how much of the terrain is labeled as Savanna in locations that are now forests or would be if man had not altered it.

      • I was talking about the drought in Africa in this article, which they say was caused by cooling. I have learned recently that drought is caused by the following:

        1. cooling
        2. warming
        3. staying the same

        • inMAGICn says:

          I was in the Sahel from ’74 to ’76. Broke the drought those years. Had in ’75 a corker of a deluge in Bobo-Dioulasso that came with damaging winds. Didn’t matter. In (what is now) Burkina Faso, there were mangoes, sugar, millet, rice, etc., surpluses. Still, the effects of the Drought (yes, it was capitalized there) lingered on.

    • Chris Barron says:

      As soon as it warms up, here in Scotland, we get lots of cloud due to the evaporation of surface moisture, which temporarily prevents more warming (due to shade) and dramatically increases precipitation.

      Heat drives precipitation until there is no surface moisture left, locally (not yet happened in Scotland).

      I don’t know if this is true only for temperate regions….I guess in deserts the surface moisture has long since dried off

      I also think that because the seas and oceans cover more of the planet’s surface that what happens on the land masses is pretty irrelevant in comparison to the wet surface area, and naturally prone to large fluctuations over time

  5. kingbum78 says:

    Ya dont have to be a genius to figure out warmer temperatures mean higher dew points…cooler temperatures mean lower dew points which means less moisture in the air….please tell me people aren’t this dumb

  6. Climatism says:

    “How, then, can anyone propose a doomsday scenario spanning years and even decades?”
    – Alan Anderson Jr. A freelance science writer, refuses to make any predictions.

    With such a sceptical and benign outlook on catastrophe, I suspect the Alan’s of today would not be called up anytime soon for a column in the Times.

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