Weird Weather, Prophets Of Doom & Denialism’s Winning Streak

Homes destroyed by a storm in New York state in 1962. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty/Guardian Design

Yesterday’s link to a “winner” story is bookended by today’s long read about the “losers”–those who can read this–of the climate change game. Deniers of climate change come in many forms, but a common theme according to this detailed story is anti-regulatory zealotry. Deniers have won the major battles of public opinion for the last 60 years, while those ringing alarm bells on climate change may now be declared victors, if that is the right word, in the realm of reality versus opinion:

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)

The effects of ‘weird weather’ were already being felt in the 1960s, but scientists linking fossil fuels with climate change were dismissed as prophets of doom

In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems”. The diagnosis was dramatic. It warned of the emergence of a new era of weird weather, leading to political unrest and mass migration (which, in turn, would cause more unrest). Continue reading