“But 70s”

A common trope about the myth of the ice age in the 70s. This square is a toy example for #ButHistoricalTimes, but is frequent enough to be useful. It provides reasons to talk about the history of climate science. The square also illustrates the fact that science changes.


My teachers told me that a new ice age was coming. I used to have nightmares about being eaten by a woolly mammoth. It was terrifying. I couldn’t understand why my parents were so unconcerned.


Objections and Replies

Consensus. Scientists used to think we’d be having an ice age.
☞ A comprehensive study of the papers at the time reveals that AGW dominated the peer-reviewed literature even then.





Are We on the Brink of a ‘New Little Ice Age?’

Further Readings

2005-01. The global cooling myth. Gavin’s.

2013-06. The 1970s Ice Age Myth and Time Magazine Covers. Greg’s.

2014-05. Newsweek Rewind: Debunking Global Cooling. Newsweek.