There are ominous signs that the Earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production.
The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.
Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars' worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.
To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world's weather.
If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic.
A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale," warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences.
"The world's food-producing system," warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA's Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, "is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago."
"The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality."
The preceding are all quotes from a Newsweek article on climate change. The article is from April 28, 1975 and warns of global cooling. Is it just me or are the effects of global cooling and global warming exactly the same? And both are caused by fossil fuels. Is that possible?
No matter, not one of their predictions came to pass, but I'm sure they know what they're talking about this time.
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