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    How the "Global Cooling" Story Came to Be


    • January 10, 2014

    How the "Global Cooling" Story Came to Be

    Nine paragraphs, written for Newsweek in 1975, continue to trump 40 years of climate science.

    Its a record that has its author amazed


    By Doug Struck and The Daily Climate

    BOSTON – Temperatures have plunged to record lows on the East Coast, and once again Peter Gwynne is being heralded as a journalist ahead of his time. By some.

    Gwynne was the science editor of Newsweek 39 years ago when he pulled together some interviews from scientists and wrote a nine-paragraph story about how the planet was getting cooler.


    Ever since, Gwynne's "global cooling" story – and a similar Time Magazine piece – have been brandished gleefully by those who say it shows global warming is not happening, or at least that scientists – and often journalists – don't know what they are talking about.


    Fox News loves to cite it. So does Rush Limbaugh. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has quoted the story on the Senate floor.


    Gwynne, now 72, is a bit chagrinned that from a long career of distinguished science and technology reporting, he is most remembered for this one story.


    "I have, in fact, won prizes for science writing," he said, with just a whiff of annoyance, in an interview this week.


    His April 28, 1975 piece has been used by Forbes as evidence of what the magazine called "The Fiction of Climate Science." It has been set to music on a YouTube video. It has popped up in a slew of finger-wagging blogs and websites dedicated to everything from climate denial to one puzzling circuit of logic entitled "Impeach Obama, McCain and Boehner Today."


    From the latest crop:

    Lou Dobbs on Fox News: "This cycle of science… if we go back to 1970, the fear then was global cooling. "

    Rush Limbaugh: "I call [global warming] a hoax… A 1975 Newsweek cover was gonna talk about the ice age coming. So they're really confused how to play it."


    Sean Hannity on Fox News: "If you go back to Time Magazine, they actually were proclaiming the next ice age is coming, now it's become global warming… How do you believe the same people that were predicting just a couple decades ago that the new ice age is coming?"


    Donald J. Trump: "This very expensive global warming bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing.…"


    Most of the time, Gwynne, who still writes on technology and science from his home in Cape Cod, Mass., takes it good-naturedly.


    "It's part of the game, once you get from science to politics, that's the way it's played," he said. "I just hope people don't think I think that way."


    And still, Gwynne notes of his story, "I stand by it. It was accurate at the time."


    The story observed – accurately – that there had been a gradual decrease in global average temperatures from about 1940, now believed to be a consequence of soot and aerosols that offered a partial shield to the earth as well as the gradual retreat of an abnormally warm interlude.


    Some climatologists predicted the trend would continue, inching the earth toward the colder averages of the "Little Ice Age" from the 16th to 19th centuries.


    "When I wrote this story I did not see it as a blockbuster," Gwynne recalled. "It was just an intriguing piece about what a certain group in a certain niche of climatology was thinking."


    And, revisionist lore aside, it was hardly a cover story. It was a one-page article on page 64. It was, Gwynne concedes, written with a bit of over-ventilated style that sometimes marked the magazine's prose: "There are ominous signs the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically..." the piece begins, and warns of a possible "dramatic decline in food production."


    "Newsweek being Newsweek, we might have pushed the envelope a little bit more than I would have wanted," Gwynne offered.


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    Peter Gwynne, reporter who wrote story about global cooling, is a climate change believer after all

    • 2 DAYS AGO JANUARY 12, 2014 5:58PM



    It may well be time for so-called "deniers" and "warmists" to mend the fence between them, much like this NSW farmer toiling away in 49 degrees last week. Source: News Limited

    A SCIENTIST who 40 years ago wrote about global cooling has admitted his story was probably wrong and has distanced himself from climate change deniers who champion his story to this day.

    The climate change "debate" is often portrayed as one group of scientists against another. For every theory, there's a valid counter theory, or so the logic goes.

    But the counter-theories aren't always particularly robust. For example, climate change deniers often cite a story which appeared in Newsweek magazine in 1975 about the theory of "global cooling". That humble nine paragraph story which appeared on page 64 of the respected journal is one of the key weapons deniers turn to.


    However the science and technology reporter who wrote the story has today distanced himself from it. His name is Peter Gwynne. Now 72-years-old, Gwynnespoke this week to US website climate.org.


    "When I wrote this story I did not see it as a blockbuster," Gwynne told the site. "It was just an intriguing piece about what a certain group in a certain niche of climatology was thinking."


    Since then, the science of climate changed has evolved greatly. The relationship between human generated carbon dioxide output and warming was not clearly established then. Though still far from universally accepted in its fine print, the basic theory is now so well-documented that virtually every scientist accepts it.


    For example, it was reported this week that 9135 out of 9136 scientists who've written in peer-reviewed journals about man-made global warming accept the theory.


    The lone dissenter was a Russian scientist who is on the record as saying that fossil fuel-free energy will hurt Russia's economy.


    Peter Gwynne, who penned the original global cooling story in Newsweek, today accepts the warming science. He still writes science stories and is the North American correspondent for Physics World, based in England. Just recently he wrote that "It's been American science and scientists - particularly NASA - that showed the climate is changing.


    "I've been willing to accept that some of [my writing] is misused and misinterpreted," Gwynne said.


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