Climate change will devastate Earth by 2050 a new report finds. CNN details this report saying there will be, Twenty days of lethal heat per year. Collapsed ecosystems. And more than 1 billion people displaced.”

This finding is based on a paper by a think tank in Australia. The think tank did not perform a study, but offered this warning based on past climate change research.

The United Nations is also predicting catastrophe by 2050. Their 700 page report expects death for millions of people due to climate change. CNN also details this report saying,

“The UN said that — under a business-as-usual scenario — millions of premature deaths could be expected due to air pollution, mass species extinction affecting the ability to meet human food and resource needs, and freshwater pollutants making antimicrobial-resistant infections a major cause of death by 2050.”

The most interesting thing about these apocalyptic predictions is that we have already survived several of them. Not actual apocalyptic events, but predictions based on faulty research used to scare the general public.

UN Predicts We Have Until The Year 2000

Entire nations would be underwater if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000. In 1989 director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program Noel Brown said said that,

“Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of  “eco refugees,” threatening political chaos.”

He also told the Associated Press that,

“As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations.”

Luckily we survived and this prediction was completely wrong. In fact, the Earth experienced over a decade of surface temperatures not rising.

In 2006 Al Gore Predicts Earth Has 10 Years

Al Gore, while promoting his movie about global warming, said that the world had only 10 years before it would be at a point of no return. He renewed his warning 12 years later saying, “Time is running out.”

Gore’s 2006 movie featured frightening impacts that global warming would have. The Heartland Institute analyzed the movie and said,

“Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, provided a series of graphic images showing the apocalyptic consequences that some had predicted if fossil fuels were allowed to continue warming the planet. Images included melting glaciers, dying polar bears, spreading diseases, coastal cities inundated by massive floods, cities wiped out by hurricanes and tornadoes, and food supplies exterminated by droughts.”

Earth Day Founder Predicts Mass Extinction by 1995

Democratic Senator, Gaylord Nelson, in 1970, included in a magazine that there would be mass extinction by 1995. He cited the Secretary of the Smithsonian who wrote that he,

“…believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

As of 2019, this has not happened.

Dangers of False Predictions

These predictions are used to scare the public into becoming advocates of climate change policies. This goal hasn’t been secret. Leading global warming advocate and Stanford University Professor explained this in an interview with Discover magazine. He said,

“And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change.  To do that we need to get some broad-based support, to capture the public’s imagination.  That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage.  So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.  This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula.  Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.  I hope that means both.”

Scientists having to be “effective” instead of being honest about climate change predictions is dangerous. Claiming we only have 10 years left to combat climate change every 10 years makes people doubt these predictions. If a day comes when there are actually only a few years left to combat this, people may not listen.