Danny Bloom
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Digital climate clock ‘hoax’ in USA counts down time until ‘climate devastation’

Don’t believe everything you read. That’s the problem with the world today. There is so much fake news and false information about climate change, from both the left wing alarmists and the rightwing denialists. Where does it go from here? It becomes a comic grand opera.

Case in point: two wealthy New York “artist activists” Gan Golan and Tom Boyd, both with extensive PR connections and money connections, hoodwinked over 500 newspapers and news outlets worldwide last week to publish a new story that had holes all through it, from beginnng to end. Not only did the New York Times go for it, assigning reporter Colin Moynihan to write a press release rather than a sollid piece of honest reporting, but Reuters, The Associated Press, the BBC and hundreds of other news outlets picked up the New York Times story and ran with it, writing their own outlandish headlines and giving leftwing alarmists a black eye.

Daniek Payne is a writer and editor based in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was an English major. He is an assistant editor at the conservative news outlet called  ”The College Fix” that trains young college students in the craft of journalism.
In honor of “Climate Week” last week New York City played host to a massive “Climate Clock” purporting to count down the years, days and minutes until the world reaches a climate catastrophe point-of-no-return, according to Payne’s view of things. The oversized digital display underscores a long history of climate doomsayers prematurely warning that a global climate tipping point is just a few short years away.
With the blessings of the New York Times and other media sites, the digital ”climate clock” began a straightforward countdown, one ticking off seven years and several dozen days, after which —  according to the project’s creators, artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd — the Earth will have used up its “carbon budget” and will careen toward irreversible climate catastrophe, according to Payne.
The “Climate Clock” generated hundreds headlines across the world (in over 25 languages) for its novelty and striking presentation of what activists ”claim” is ”a final deadline” before global temperatures reach a point from which ”there is no turning back.”
Such alarmit ”prophecies” are nothing new from climate scientists and activists, who have repeatedly warned the world over recent decades that it was very near the point of no return regarding carbon emissions. And the media continues to eat up every word of the alarmist press releases, and even the New York Times picks up the dispatches without questioning them.
I myself an a climate alarmist when it comes to using movies and novels to present storytelling yarns as a way to wake people up. That’s why I created the Cli-Fi Report website and that’s why I am a champion of cli-fi novels from around the world. We need more of them and the next few decades will show us the way.
But here we are with silly newspaper headlines again. Noel Brown in 1989 led the U.N. Environment Program in New York and warned that “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,” as a contemporary Associated Press report put it.
Brown said, according to Payne, that scientists at that time were warning that there was “nothing” the world could do at that point to reverse a three-degree rise in temperatures. “Anything beyond that,” he told the news service, “and we have to start thinking about the significant rise of the sea levels … we can expect more ferocious storms, hurricanes, wind shear, dust erosion.”

In 2006 climate science professor James Hansen predicted that the planet had just 10 years to avoid major catastrophe. “I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change,” he told the Climate Change Research Conference that year, stating that the planet had “no longer than a decade, at the most” to reverse catastrophic warming across the globe. Ten years, at most. It’s 2020 now. So?

And in 2008, Al Gore shared that “leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis.” That same year, Australian scientist Tim Flannery argued that a United Nations climate summit in Poland in 2008 that that year was “likely to be our last chance as a species to deal with the problem.” So, where are you now, Tim?

“The world’s leading scientists warn that we have less than 10 years to avoid the worst-case scenarios projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” top United Nations officials said at the time.

Oh, and that same year, Prince Charles argued that the world had just eight years to avoid “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.”  Prince Charles, please!

In 2018, meanwhile, current U.N. Secretary General António Guterres extended Ki-moon’s earlier cut-off by another year, warned that the U.S. had until 2020 to change course, after which “we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change.” Hey, wait a minute, guys! It’s 2020 now!

Payne reminds that more recently, climate activists have pushed the deadline out significantly further than earlier predictions. New York Congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, famously suggesed last year that “the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”

Also last year, Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg claimed that the world had 11 years to enact “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” or else humanity would witness “the end of our civilization as we know it.”

So this ”new” climate clock is full of crock. Tick tick tick, talk talk talk. Where’s it getting us?

About the Author
Dan Bloom curates The Cli-Fi Report at www.cli-fi.net. He graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 1971 with a major in Modern Literature. A newspaper editor and reporter since his days in Washington, D.C., Juneau, Alaska, Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan, he has lived and worked 5 countries and speaks rudimentary French, Japanese and Chinese. He hopes to live for a few more years.
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