Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts
By Maxim Lott
Published December 30, 2010
A new year is around the corner, and some climate scientists and environmental activists say that means we’re one step closer to a climate Armageddon. But are we really?
… FoxNews.com has compiled eight of the most egregiously mistaken predictions, and asked the predictors to reflect on what really happened.
- Within a few years “children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” Snowfall will be “a very rare and exciting event.”…
- “[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers.” Michael Oppenheimer, published in “Dead Heat,” St. Martin’s Press, 1990.
I don’t know why, but Paul Ehrlich’s infamous prediction of mass famines, made in The Population Bomb, didn’t make Fox’s list.