Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Climate Change News From 1883

Making your own planet uninhabitable seems a bit of a crazy thing to do but people have been trying to ignore the changing climate for centuries despite the overwhelming evidence and almost every meaningful scientist in the world saying it is real.
Sure you are always going to get deniers in everything but if today's  scientist with years of experience and data get shouted down by ignorant semi-literate insurance salesmen with a blog, it was much harder decades before.
In 1883 national newspapers were reporting on scientists who warned of the dangers of burning fossil fuels and the Nature publication quoted physicist Professor John Tyndall that: 'the increasing pollution of the atmosphere will have a marked influence on the climate of the World. The tropics will be warmer and throughout the world the night will be colder and the days warmer. In the temperate zone winter will be colder and the winds, storms and rainfall greater'. 
In 1912, a newspaper article said that: '7,000,000,000 tones of Carbon Dioxide pumped into the atmosphere annually is making the air a more effective blanket for the earth to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable for centuries'.
In 1938, an engineer named Guy Callendar, pointed out that maybe we should cut back on the whole burning all this fossil fuel thing in a paper called: 'The artificial production of carbon dioxide and its influence on temperature'.
For those who say it is all a Government conspiracy or something the Chinese have cooked up to make U.S. manufacturing less-competitive, this shows that over 130 years ago people in the know were saying maybe continuously belching massive clouds of acrid smoke up into the sky might not be a good idea, something which a thankfully dwindling amount of deluded souls still disagree with today even as the rising sea creeps further into their homes.

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