Re: [asa] Conference: early career symposium on climate change and impacts

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Tue Mar 27 2007 - 13:09:35 EDT

At 12:24 PM 3/27/2007, Ted Davis wrote:
>This might be of interest to some on this list. Certainly it
>relates to recent conversations. ~ ted

@ This won't help alleviate the fears of the natural-born Chicken
Little types (history proves that nothing will) but some at that
"symposium" may be able to use this info to put things into
perspective. ~ Janice

150 Years of Global Warming and Cooling at the New York Times

As the Business & Media Institute
last year, press reports of climate change have been going on since the 1800s.

Over the weekend, I was sent a list of New York Times articles dating
back to 1855 addressing the global warming and cooling that has been
happening on this planet for the past 150 years. I have taken the
liberty of adding a few pieces that I discovered in the Times'
archives to further illustrate the point.
As you review the following, try to keep in mind just how sure global
warming alarmists like soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore are that the current
trend in climate change is a "<>a
true planetary emergency" that must be dealt with soon to avoid an
imminent cataclysm:

January 5, 1855, Wednesday Page 4, 863 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - As the climate of every country has an
inseparable relation with the physical character of its inhabitants,
the attention of the Government was directed, some few years since,
to the collection of correct meteorological statistics throughout the
whole of the United States.

ATMOSPHERE. Climate Perculiarities of New-York.
January 2, 1870, Wednesday Page 4, 500 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The climate of New-York and the contigu
ons Atlantic seaboard has long been a study of great interest. We
have just experienced a remarkable instance of its peculiarity The
Hudson River, by a singular freak of temperature, has thrown off its
icy mantle and opened its waters to navigation.

March 25, 1888, Wednesday Page 13, 440 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Formerly wine was made in England, the
change of climate might be the principal reason that this manufacture
does not now flourish. There are, however, many reasons why British wine ...

February 3, 1889, Wednesday Page 4, 778 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - An article in the Forum for February is
upon the subject of the much-talked-of change in our climate. The
writer, Prof. CLEVELAND ABBE, says that the notion that it is
possible for a climate to change to a modern one. Our ancestors lived
in a region ...

June 23, 1890, Wednesday Page 5, 1905 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Is our climate changing? The succession
of temperate Summers and open Winters through several years,
culminating last Winter in the almost total failure of the ice crop
throughout the valley of the Hudson, makes the question pertinent.
The older inhabitants tell us that the Winters are not as cold now as
when they were young, and we have all observed a marked diminution of
the average cold even in this last decade.

FACT AND FANCY ABOUT CLIMATE; Prof. Ward in His New Book Discusses
Various Popular Notions Regarding the Weather.
May 30, 1908, Saturday Section: SATURDAY REVIEW OF BOOKS, Page 18, 1432 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - AS popular misconceptions of variations
in the weather are frequent and shiding, Prof. Ward has rendered the
public a service in producing a book on climate which "can be read by
an intelligent person who has not had special or extended training in
the technicalities of the science."

Nation Is Held on Verge of Climate Shift; Experts See Old-Fashioned
Winters Back
December 16, 1934, Sunday By The Associated Press. Section: SECOND
NEWS SECTION, Page N8, 361 words
believed by Weather Bureau scientists to be on the verge of a change
of climate, with a return to increasing rains and deeper snows and
the colder Winters of grandfather's day.

Warming Arctic Climate Melting Glaciers Faster, Raising Ocean Level,
Scientist Says
May 30, 1947, Friday By GLADWIN HILLSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Page 23, 366 words
warming of the climate is slowly manifesting itself in the Arctic,
engendering a "serious international problem," Dr. Hans Ahlmann,
noted Swedish geophysicist, said today.

Is Climate Changing?; Habits of Mammals and Birds Suggest World Is Warmer
October 15, 1950, Sunday Section: The Week In Review, Page E9, 461 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Is the world warming up? Dr. Joseph J.
Hickey, Professor of Wildlife Management at the University of
Wisconsin, holds that it is. He has drawn his evidence from the
changing habits of some half-dozen species of mammals ...

How Industry May Change Climate
May 24, 1953, Sunday W. K. Section: REVIEW OF THE WEEK EDITORIALS,
Page E11, 470 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The amount of carbon dioxide in the air
will double by the year 2080 and raise the temperature an average of
at least 4 per cent. The burning of about two billion tons of coal
and oil a year keeps the average ground temperature somewhat higher
than it would otherwise be.

Greenland's Moderating Climate Turns Hunters Into Fishermen; Economy
Once Based on Sea Mammals Now Depends On Cod Sold for Cash
August 29, 1954, Sunday By KATHLEEN McLAUGHLIN Page 2, 696 words
Greenland's polar climate has moderated so consistntly that
communities of hunters have evolved into fishing villages. Sea
mammals, vanishing from the west coast, have been replaced by codfish
and other fish species in the area's southern waters.

CLIMATE WARMING IN THE ANTARCTIC; 5-Degree Rise Over the Last Half
Century Is Recorded at Little America ICE IS FOUND THICKER Director
of U. S. Program Says Sheet Drops 10,000 Feet in Many Areas
May 31, 1958, Saturday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 17, 778 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - An analysis of weather records from
Little America shows a steady warming of climate over the last half
century. The rise in average temperature at the Antarctic outpost has
been about five degrees Fahrenheit.

SCIENCE IN REVIEW; Warmer Climate on the Earth May Be Due To More
Carbon Dioxide in the Air
October 28, 1956, Sunday By WALDEMAR KAEMPFFERT Section: The Week In
Review, Page 191, 904 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The general warming of the climate that
has occurred in the last sixty years has been variously explained.
Among the explanations are fluctuations in the amount of energy
received from the sun, changes in the amount of volcanic ...

December 25, 1956, Tuesday North American Newspaper Alliance. Page
27, 420 words
observation of the Great Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park
has given rise to some comment on weather trends.

Frozen Key To Our Climate; The world's ice masses may be ushering in
a fifth Ice Age. Frozen Key To Our Climate
December 7, 1958, Sunday By LEONARD ENGEL Section: Magazine, Page
SM72, 2601 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - SEVERAL thousand scientists of many
nations have recently been climbing mountains, digging tunnels in
glaciers, journeying to the Antarctic, camping on floating Arctic
ice. Their object has been to solve a fascinating riddle: what is
happening to the world's ice?

A WARMER EARTH EVIDENT AT POLES; Arctic Findings in Particular
Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures
February 15, 1959, Sunday Special to The New York Times. Page 112, 305 words
the world is growing slightly warmer is receiving added confirmation
from temperature data

SCIENTISTS AGREE WORLD IS COLDER; But Climate Experts Meeting Here
Fail to Agree on Reasons for Change
January 30, 1961, Monday By WALTER SULLIVAN Section: BUSINESS
FINANCIAL, Page 46, 1326 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - After a week of discussions on the
causes of climate change, an assembly of specialists from several
continents seems to have reached unanimous agreement on only one
point: it is getting colder.

EARTH'S WEATHER GROWING COLDER; U.S. Among the Exceptions, Rome
Symposium Hears
October 8, 1961, Sunday Special to The New York Times. Page 66, 386 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - ROME, Oct. 7 -- The earth, with few
regional exceptions, is undergoing "a persistent cold wave" that
began in the Nineteen Forties, a United States weather man told a
symposium on climate this week.

Weathermen Try to Explain the Why of Spring That Never Was in 1967
May 31, 1967, Wednesday By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD Page 29, 975 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - In the year 1816 the year without
summer, they called it snow fell in New England and parts of New York
in June, July and August. Crops failed. People were impoverished and

Scientist Hints Earthquake Link To Wobbles in Spinning of Earth;
Heirtzler of ..
November 29, 1968, Friday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 92, 1169 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The head of Columbia University's Hudson
Laboratories, at Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., has suggested that wobbles in the
earth's spin may be responsible for such diverse phenomena as
earthquakes, periods of mountain -building and climate

Expert Says Arctic Ocean Will Soon Be an Open Sea; Catastrophic
Shifts in Climate Feared if Change Occurs Other Specialists See No
Thinning of Polar Ice Cap
February 20, 1969, Thursday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 20, 1691 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Col. Bernt Balchen, polar explorer and
flier, is circulating a paper among polar specialists proposing that
the Arctic pack ice is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole
may become an open sea within a decade or two.

U.S. and Soviet Press Studies of a Colder Arctic; U.S. and Soviet
Press Arctic Studies
July 18, 1970, Saturday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 1, 1398 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The United States and the Soviet Union
are mounting large-scale investigations to determine why the Arctic
climate is becoming more frigid, why parts of the Arctic sea ice have
recently become ominously thicker and whether the extent of that ice
cover contributes to the onset of ice ages.

Climate Experts Assay Ice Age Clues
January 27, 1972, Thursday Special to The New York Times Section:
BUSINESS/FINANCE, Page 74, 731 words
invading Nebraska and Colorado, the armadillos, faced with
increasingly frigid weather, are in retreat from those states toward
their ancestral home south of the Mexican border. The winter snow
accumulation on Baffin Island has increased 35 per cent in the last decade.

Record of a Little Ice Age Is Discovered
February 5, 1972, Saturday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 14, 706 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - From a study of ice extracted from deep
within the Greenland ice sheet it appears that 89,500 years ago
something catastrophic changed the climate from being warmer than
today's to that of a full-fledged ice age.

Scientist Fears Equable Climate Around World Could Be Ending
October 31, 1972, Tuesday By BOYCE RENSBERGER Page 25, 645 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The current 12,000-year-old era of
comfortable climates around the world may be coming to an end,
closing another chapter in what a University of Miami scientist
believes has been a history of frequent and relatively short-lived
ice ages and warm ages.

FORECAST FOR; FORECASTING: CLOUDY In the long term, climate is
cooling off-or is it warming up? As for tomorrow's weather, even the
world's biggest computer can't say for sure what it will be.
Forecasting ' A really accurate three-day weather forecast would
result in savings of $86-million a year just for growers of wheat in
the state of Wisconsin.'
December 29, 1974, Sunday By Alan Anderson Jr. Section: SM, Page
156, 4834 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - A number of climatologists, whose job it
is to keep an eye on long-term weather changes, have lately been
predicting deterioration of the benignclimate to which we have grown

CLIMATE CHANGES CALLED OMINOUS; Scientists Warn Predictions Must Be
Made Precise to Avoid Catastrophe
January 19, 1975, Sunday By HAROLD M. SCHMECK Jr. Special to The New
York Times Page 31, 1089 words
earth's climate are inevitable and mankind must learn to predict
these variations to avoid potential catastrophe, a group of prominent
scientists has concluded after a two-year study.

Scientists Ask Why World Climate Is Changing; Major Cooling May Be
Ahead; Scientists Ponder Why World's Climate Is Changing; a Major
Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable
May 21, 1975, Wednesday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 45, 2828 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - The world's climate is changing. Of that
scientists are firmly convinced. But in what direction and why are
subjects of deepening debate.

WARMING TREND SEEN IN CLIMATE; Two Articles Counter View That Cold
Period Is Due
August 14, 1975, Thursday By WALTER SULLIVAN Section: Sports, Page
24, 759 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Articles in two scientific journals have
questioned widely publicized predictions that, in coming decades, the
world climate will deteriorate severely affecting food production
and, perhaps, initiating a new ice age.

Experts Fear Great Peril If SST Fumes Cool Earth
December 21, 1975, Sunday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 32, 1057 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - A federally sponsored inquiry into the
effects of possible climate changes caused by heavy supersonic
traffic in the stratosphere has concluded that even a slight cooling
could cost the world from $200 billion to 500 times that much in
damage done to agriculture, public health and other effects.

2 Climate Experts Decry Predictions of Disasters; Drought in
February 22, 1976, Sunday By WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New York
Times Page 48, 823 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - BOSTON, Feb. 21--Two authorities on
climate change have termed irresponsible recent predictions of an
impending ice age or other climatic disaster. The also said that any
global effects of man-made air pollution on the climate to date
remained obscure.

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30-Year
Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere
January 5, 1978, Thursday By WALTER SULLIVAN Section: Sports, Page
D17, 817 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - An international team of specialists has
concluded from eight indexes of climate that there is no end in sight
to the cooling trend of the last 30 years, at least in the Northern

Climate Specialists, in Poll, Foresee No Catastrophic Weather Changes
in Rest of Century; Warning About Carbon Dioxide
February 18, 1978, Saturday By WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New
York Times Page 9, 967 words
specialists in seven countries has found a consensus that there will
be no catastrophic changes in the climate by the end of the century.
But the specialists were almost equally divided on whether there
would be a warming, a cooling or no change at all.

Scientists at World Parley Doubt Climate Variations Are Ominous;
Forgetting the Past Major Shifts in Past
February 16, 1979, Friday By WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New York
Times Section: Business & Finance, Page D13, 688 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - GENEVA, Feb. 15 This winter Chicago was
paralyzed by snow. Last winter it was Boston. European Russia has
just suffered its coldest December in a century. In Britain and
Western Europe, the summer of 1976 was the hottest in 250 years.

A Vast 'Interdisciplinary Effort' To Predict Climate Trend Urged;
Neutralization Needed
February 24, 1979, Saturday By WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New
York Times Page 44, 913 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - GENEVA, Feb. 23--After exchanging views
here for two weeks, the people who know more about climate than
anyone else in the world have concluded that climate's future trends
can be predicted in a meaningful way only after "an interdisciplinary
effort of unprecedented scope."

Scientists Reviving Speculation on Climate and Slipping Antarctic
Ice; Theory of Linked Events Evidence in Bones Volcanic Dust Theory
In Less Than a Century
March 9, 1980, Sunday By WALTER SULLIVAN Page 43, 1161 words
DISPLAYING FIRST PARAGRAPH - Scientists are reviving the
controversial notion that millions of cubic miles of Antarctic ice
can sometimes abruptly slip off the continent into the sea, resulting
in extreme increases in global ocean levels and precipitating a
dramatic chilling of the world's climate.
Africa Columbia Also Suggests a Relationship to Climate Changes Great
Ice River in Rockies Shows Long-Range Change Indicating Cold Period
Thermometer of the Ages Favorable Trend in Climate Posted by
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