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Guardian warns ‘last chance’ on climate change, after many other ‘last chances’

August 25, 2020

By Paul Homewood

Anthony Watts has a good round up of some of the climate doomsday forecasts that never materialised:


If we do not heed this latest last chance, I’m sure there will be another last chance in the near future, just like all the previous last chances we’ve been given in the past 30 years.

The Observer view on the climate catastrophe facing Earth

Observer editorial

Thirty years ago we were warned. Now is our last chance to listen

Thirty years ago this week, the population of Earth was given official notification that it faced a threat of unprecedented magnitude. Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, spewed into the atmosphere from factories and vehicles burning fossil fuels, were pinpointed, definitively, as triggers of future climate change. Melting icecaps, rising sea levels and increasing numbers of extreme weather events would be the norm for the 21st century unless action were taken, warned the authors of the first assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Three decades later, it is clear that we have recklessly ignored that warning.Fossil fuels still supply 80% of the world’s energy, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise and global temperatures are still increasing. According to Met Office statistics, there was a 0.14C increase in global temperatures in the decade that followed publication of the first assessment report. This was then followed by a 0.2C increase in each of the following two decades. The world could easily heat by 3C by the end of the century at this rate, warn scientists.

The impact on the world will, by then, be catastrophic. …


In case you think this is really the “last chance”, here are some previous last chances for your entertainment.

New York 1989

The Grandaddy of Climate Last Chances? In 1989 the United Nations gave us 10 years to save the world. WUWT celebrated the 30th anniversary of this 10 year warning last year.

A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.

Bonn 2001

A Global Warming Treaty’s Last Chance. That teetering edifice that is the Kyoto Protocol gets some emergency repair work this week as delegates from 180 countries gather in Bonn to work out problems that threaten to scuttle the deal altogether.

Time Magazine, 16 Jul 2001




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  1. C Lynch permalink
    August 25, 2020 9:34 am

    Reminiscent of the last chance offered by a snake oil salesman.

  2. Ben Vorlich permalink
    August 25, 2020 10:00 am

    Came here from reading something on IceAgeNow.

    According to IceAgeNow, “In the village of Eyik, Oleneksky district of Yakutia, the temperature dropped to -8°C, the lowest temperature in Russia.” and “As of the second half of August, the average daily temperature was 2 to 4 degrees below the norm. ”

    Not that far from “Verkhoyansk soared to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, appearing to break an all-time record for the Arctic and alarming meteorologists worldwide”

    But normal weather in Russia doesn’t make the MSM.

  3. Tym fern permalink
    August 25, 2020 12:38 pm

    About time it was last chance for the last chancers!

  4. August 25, 2020 12:57 pm

    YES!!!! We’re completely safe for probably a century. I love it when they predict “last chances”!

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    August 25, 2020 1:20 pm

    I believe the first international conference about the coming heat death of the world was 37 years ago in 1983. This follows the well known alarm about global cooling (and another Ice Age) 41 to 48 years ago. The older prediction of climate doom coincided with the claim about the impending loss of human life north of the Rio Grande from the invasion of mutant killer bees (2 Hollywood movies including one with Michael Caine). More recent predictions include the loss of Arctic ice (variously in 2008, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015) and that snow would become a rare event in the UK from 2010.

    It seems to me that the latter, most recent prediction of doom should have precedence and we can wait until “snow becomes a rare event in the UK”. This then could be celebrated at the following Climate Doom Conference (the 26TH Annual one is scheduled in Glasgow real soon) with cessions of Weeping, Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth, either separately or combined for the TV News. Others might prefer to wait for the flood of climate refugees to Antarctica so there is a bigger audience.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    August 25, 2020 1:21 pm

    Robin Guenier, May, 2019: “I’ve got a huge collection”. Here are a few…

    Pachauri: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.” (November 2007)

    Greenpeace: “Without urgent measures to rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the possibility of limiting the temperature rise below a dangerous level will have disappeared within a decade”. (2004)

James Hansen: “I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change … no longer than a decade, at the most.” (September 2006)

The Guardian: “On a very conservative estimate there are 50 months to prevent a climate catastrophe”. (September 2012)

  7. Douglas Brodie permalink
    August 25, 2020 2:18 pm

    Don’t forget the Guardian’s very own classic ”100 Months To Save The World”, see

    Most if not all of the global warming since 1990 enumerated by the propagandist Met Office has clearly been due to natural El Nino events, not man-made CO2. The cooling/cold/warming/warm phases of global temperature since the 1950s map neatly onto the repeating cyclical pattern of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, which alarmists never mention. The next cooling phase is probably not far off, see UK temperature analysis from 1659 to 2019.

  8. August 25, 2020 3:34 pm

    The last chance for The Guardian to be credible on climate matters expired a very long time ago.

  9. Gerry, England permalink
    August 25, 2020 3:46 pm

    You could fill volumes with all the warmist predictions that have failed. A much easier task is to list the ones that have been correct as all you need is a blank sheet of paper. If you felt creative you could draw a big zero on it.

  10. jack broughton permalink
    August 25, 2020 4:06 pm

    In the USA the climate believers think that the population needs further education because they are not interested in the “climate-doom predictions”: lowest on their priority list. I suspect that the UK population would demonstrate a similar pattern if the press allowed / published such heresy.

    Not one claim of Climate-change caused issue has been demonstrated, other than by headline-grabbing but totally unsubstantiated and unprovable claims that stand little scrutiny.

  11. Ed Bo permalink
    August 25, 2020 7:10 pm

    I pointed out at WUWT that the basic claim of the article:

    ” Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, spewed into the atmosphere from factories and vehicles burning fossil fuels, were pinpointed, definitively, as triggers of future climate change.”

    was completely false. In the 1990 IPCC report, no attribution was made. The temperature history presented in that report showed present temperature levels to be midway between the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. Hardly the identification of an existential threat!

  12. August 26, 2020 10:55 am

    Worth going to DuckDuck go with “alarmist predictions” You with find a list of 41 failed predictions and Zero of success.
    One would have thought that with that track record the CAGW now viral meme would have died out. It seems that the infection has long term effects.

  13. ScienceABC123 permalink
    August 26, 2020 1:26 pm

    Synopsis: Guardian: “This is our last, last, last, last, last, last, last, …, last chance.”

    Please stay turned for our next “last chance.”

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