Balladeer’s Blog has previously examined failed predictions on the part of “psychics,” religious figures and more. This time around here is a list of failed predictions from another belief system with its own form of apocalyptic eschatology.
*** By the year 2000 New York City will be completely submerged by rising sea levels. The sources of that prediction are legion.
*** By the year 2020 there will be no more snow on Mount Kilimanjaro because of climate change. That was from Al Gore’s Reefer Madness-style Dire Warning flick An Inconvenient Truth plus the Vancouver Sun and others.
*** In 2004 the Guardian predicted that nuclear and conventional wars would break out by 2020 because of scarce resources. They also predicted that multiple European cities would be under water by 2020.
*** In 2009, authorities from the U.S. Geological Survey predicted that by 2020 Montana’s Glacier National Park would have no more glaciers. Last year a scramble began to push that date further ahead since obviously 2020 was going to come and go without that prediction coming true.
*** In 1988 an Environmental Affairs Director predicted that by 2018 the Maldives Islands would be catastrophically overtaken by rising sea levels. In reality the islands’ surface land area is increasing.
*** In the year 2000 the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia predicted that within 20 years falling snow would be so rare that the sight of it would cause chaos among children who had never seen it before.
*** In 1986 the Environmental Protection Agency predicted that the sea level around Florida would rise two feet by 2020. Here in 2020 that Florida sea level has risen by just roughly 3.5 INCHES.
*** In 2009 China predicted it would lower its gas levels by 40-45%. Actually those carbon figures have RISEN by 168%.
*** In 2013 the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette pointed to 2020 for “an ice-free Arctic.” In reality the National Snow and Ice Data Center stated that at its MINIMUM this year, there were 3.9 million square kilometers of sea ice in the Arctic.
*** In 1989 it was predicted that within 20 years New York’s West Side Highway would be underwater from rising sea levels.
*** In 2004 the Pentagon, which practically EMBODIES inaccuracy and failure, predicted that by 2020 Great Britain would have a “Siberian climate.”
*** In 2008 Al Gore predicted that the North Polar Ice Cap would be gone within 5 years. As of this writing it is still there, no matter how much of an inconvenient truth that is to Gore.
*** In 2009 Prince Charles predicted that the world had only 8 years left to avoid global catastrophe over “capitalism and consumerism.”
*** In 2013, Nature predicted an ice-free Arctic by 2015. Yes, 2015.
*** Also in 2013 the U.S. Navy’s Department of Oceanography predicted an ice-free Arctic by 2016. Yes, 2016.
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