Date of Climate Doom Comes and Goes

The nice thing about making predictions of doom is that they really grab people’s attention. Just make sure you don’t use specific dates. Otherwise, people will laugh at you when the predictions don’t come true. For example:

Governments are running out of time to address climate change and to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures, an influential UN panel warned yesterday.

Greater energy efficiency, renewable electricity sources and new technology to dump carbon dioxide underground can all help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts said. But there could be as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.

That hysterical screed giving us 8 years before doom descends was published 8 years ago yesterday. Today, instead of watching the seas boil, collaborators in the hoax are struggling to explain why it hasn’t gotten perceptibly warmer, despite the levels of beneficial CO2 continuing to rise…