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Can we stop to say that scientists predicted an ice age in the 1970's?

This is just a widespread myth. A good summary here: "In the decade of 1970, there was a book in the popular press, some articles in popular magazines, and a small amount of speculation based scientific recently discovered glacial cycles and the recent slight cooling trend from air pollution blocking sunlight. There were daily headlines. There was no avalanche of scientific articles. There was no United Nations treaties or commissions. No G8 summits on the dangers and possible solutions. No statements institutional. You can find broader "consensus" about an alien invasion coming. There is simply no comparison. "If http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/11/23/18534/222 you do not believe this, William Connelly has made a hobby of gathering everything that was written about global cooling at the moment here: http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/ Go see for yourself. Most scientists had not predicted. Can we stop perpetrating this myth now please?

The book was called "The Cooling" It was written by Lowell Ponte. I read it after seeing it on the show tonight. There was a time analyst for the CIA during the Vietnam War, and worked on techniques as cloud seeding over the Ho Chi Minh City. His argument has two parts. One is that ice ages come in a cycle of 10,000 years and were at the point where temperatures should begin to tear down (which was true) and that warming could lead to greater evaporation of water in Ecuador, leading more snow at the poles, leading to more land area in the snow half bu object every year, and therefore more of the sun energy reflected back space. There are still some people who adhere to this theory, but obviously not what is happening. This link describes the book (which is true) and the various myths who have grown up around it (which are not)

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