The Global Cooling Myth, 40 Years Later
Forty years ago, on April 28th, 1975, Newsweek magazine published an article that created one of the most pervasive scientific myths in modern history. It was a one-page story, buried in the middle of the magazine. But it became the most widely cited article in Newsweek’s history. The piece, called “A Cooling World," raised concerns about a global cooling trend. It was published on page 64. But it became front page news for climate skeptics, who point to it as proof that scientists were confused, or even deliberately misleading, about global warming. But those skeptics are wrong. There was no consensus among scientists about global cooling. In fact, the vast majority of papers in the 1970s were predicting planetary warming from greenhouse gases. In this episode, we'll revisit the myth 40 years later and explain why the science of global warming is stronger than ever.
Duration: 17 min