[Coral-List] Climate talks in the 1970s
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.
Pamela Hallock Muller, Ph.D., Professor
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Ave. S.
St.Petersburg, FL 33701-5016
e-mail: pmuller at marine.usf.edu
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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