[Coral-List] Climate talks in the 1970s

Pam Hallock-Muller pmuller at marine.usf.edu
Sat Dec 19 10:30:19 EST 2009


 From this old scientist's perspective, you are absolutely right.  I was 
a graduate student in the early-middle1970s and though we were 
discussing the "new" theory of plate tectonics (my undergrad geology 
professors were still at the polar wandering stage), ecological 
energetics, island biogeography, Acanthaster outbreaks, emerging 
understanding of El Nino as a global phenomenon, and the environmental 
disaster that could be unleashed by a sea level Panama Canal, I only 
vaguely recall some mention of global cooling.  Actually, I don't recall 
it being discussed then nearly as much as I have heard it discussed 

I wasn't much of a television watcher then (or now for that matter).  
However, our grad student groups were always discussing things over a 
brew (or other conversation enhancers), and I don't recall global 
cooling ever being a conversation topic.

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Ben Richards wrote:
> To answer a subsequent question raised by Dr. Shinn's YouTube videos, I would be interested to hear from "older" coral-listers if the level of scientific consensus on global cooling in the 1970s was anywhere near the current level of consensus on climate change?  The YouTube videos of History channel retrospectives on Discovery Channel-style TV shows from the 1970s are interesting, but certainly do not carry as much weight as a similar body of peer-reviewed papers in reputable journals.  My impression, though it may be false, is that the ice-age predictions of the 1970s did not have nearly the level of scientific backing as do current hypotheses?  Am I correct?
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