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How we predicted global warming and Arctic ice melt – 40 years ago


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How we predicted global warming and Arctic ice melt – 40 years ago

Environment 11 December 2019 By Rowan Hooper “Serious attention is now being paid to the possibility that man’s activities may be affecting, or about to affect, the Earth’s climate.” So began a piece in the 6 December 1979 issue of New Scientist. Yes, we have been sounding the alarm about climate change for decades. Prophets…

How we predicted global warming and Arctic ice melt – 40 years ago


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11 December 2019

By Rowan Hooper

6 Dec 1979

“Serious attention is now being paid to the possibility that man’s activities may be affecting, or about to affect, the Earth’s climate.”

So began a piece in the 6 December 1979 issue of New Scientist. Yes, we have been sounding the alarm about climate change for decades. Prophets that we were, we went on to introduce the “so-called ‘carbon dioxide greenhouse effect’”. Carbon dioxide threatens long-term “global warming”, we wrote – though we can’t claim credit for that phrase. It was popularised by the late climate scientist /Wallace Broecker in 1975.

Forty years ago, the debate wasn’t so much over …

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