Climate alarmists claim in a newly published study that the world will reach a “point of no return” if there is no dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. “We show that there are strict deadlines for taking climate action,” said Henk Dijkstra, a co-author of the study (https://www.thedailybeast.com/climate-changes-point-of-no-return-is-now-2035-study). The news media is extensively reporting on the prediction, characterizing the study as ominous, yet the study serves as a refreshing reminder of how all previous predictions of climate deadlines and doomsdays failed to materialize.
In 1989 a United Nations senior environment official said entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth if global warming was not reversed before the year 2000. (https://www.apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0)
In 2006 Al Gore wrote that “We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertbradley/2016/09/23/climate-exaggeration-is-backfiring/#3cb2c5706ab0)
Also in 2006 James Hansen said the world had just 10 years to take “serious action” about greenhouse gas emissions or we would cross of “tipping point” of climate danger. (http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/07/runaway-tipping-points-of-no-return/)
In 2009 Hansen reduced the time he said we had to address global warming, writing “Barack Obama has only four years to save the world” from global warming. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jan/18/jim-hansen-obama)
In 2007, the head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that it would be “too late” to address global warming if action weren’t taken by 2012. (https://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2012/01/01/pachauri-its-too-late-to-fight-climate-change/)
In 2009, Prince Charles said the world had just eight years left to end global warming or there would be “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” (https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/just-96-months-to-save-world-says-prince-charles-1738049.html)
In 2012, the president of the United Nations Foundation said the Obama second term would be “the last window of opportunity” to emplace dramatic carbon dioxide restrictions necessary to keep future warming “anywhere approaching” a two-degree Celsius tipping point. (https://junkscience.com/2011/12/wirth-2012-is-obamas-last-window-of-opportunity-to-get-it-right-on-climate-change/)
At least this time the alarmists are giving themselves a little more time before they have to embarrassingly reset the doomsday climate clock.