Check out these doomsday predictions that did not come to pass (some in the past or present and a few in the future):
By 1974, environmentalists declared that America would be subject to water rationing by 1974 (declared in 1970).
By 1975: By the late 1970’s, Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, predicted that there would be massive food shortages leading to the starvation of hundreds of millions of people.
The battle to feed all humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. — Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb (1968)
Ehrlich’s recommendation: The United States is already too big, that birth control may have to be accomplished by making it involuntary and by putting sterilizing agents into staple foods and drinking water, and that the Roman Catholic Church should be pressured into going along.
By 1980, city-dwellers will need to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.
By 1980, environmentalists declared that America would be subject to food rationing (declared in 1970).
While there have always been famines and warnings of famine, food experts generally agree that the situation now is substantially different. The problem is becoming so acute that every nation, institution, and every human being will ultimately be affected. — New York Times, 1969, on writing about food shortages due to population growth
By 1985, air pollution will block 50% of the sunlight reaching Earth, resulting in global cooling and a coming Ice Age.
If we are unprepared for the next advance, the result could be hunger and death on a scale unprecedented in all of history. … During the lifetime of our grandchildren, arctic cold and perpetual snow could turn most of the inhabitable portions of our planet into a polar desert. — Leonard Nimoy, host, In Search of the Coming Ice Age (1978)
An international team of specialists has concluded from eight indexes of climate that there is no end in sight to the cooling trend of the last 30 years, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. — New York Times, 1978
Ten years before global warming became an invented political meme, we were told to watch out for the coming Ice Age.
By 1989, the population explosion and resulting food shortages will result in mass starvation (The Great Die-Off) in which 4 billion people will perish.
By 1989, everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam (so proclaimed a New York Times headline in 1969). Apparently the Times thought the scientific consensus declared that an impending apocalypse was coming due to environmental pollution.
By 1990, all lead, zinc, tin, silver, and gold reserves will be gone.
By 1998: In ten years, the oceans will be dead and mankind will soon follow. — Ted Danson, actor, in 1988
By 2000: By the end of this century, climate change will reduce the human population to a few breeding pairs surviving near the Arctic. — James Lovelock, author, Healing Gaia
By 2000, global crude oil reserves will be gone.
By 2000, global temperatures will be 11 degrees cooler. We will be in a new Ice Age. So proclaimed a few NASA scientists in 1970.
A 1974 Time magazine headline warned of Another Ice Age?
The Guardian science reporter proclaimed: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast.
In a letter to then President Nixon, The Department of Geology at Brown University warned of an imminent new ice age (early 1970s).
By 2000: The world as we know it will likely be ruined before the year 2000. … World food production cannot keep pace with the galloping growth of population. — Environmental Fund letter
On January 1, 2000 (Y2K), computers will go haywire and plunge the civilized world into chaos.
By 2006: As the 21st century progresses, stronger Katrina-like hurricanes will occur more frequently.
By 2011: We’re gonna run out of oil. — Jimmy Carter, U.S. president
By 2016: We have ten years before the earth is scorched. That’s what Al Gore predicted on January 27, 2006.
Warming fears are the worst scientific scandal in history. When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists. — Dr. Kiminori Itoh, physical chemist
In 2016, Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by double digits and defeat Donald Trump in an Electoral College landslide (as predicted by multiple pollsters).
By 2020, so-called experts predicted that Great Britain would be as cold as Siberia (predicted in 2004).
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in as many as 2.2 million U.S. deaths. The reality? The CDC reported 377,883 COVID-related deaths in 2020. Sadly, that’s still a lot of deaths, but less than a fifth of what was hysterically predicted.
By 2020: Signs at Glacier National Park had to be replaced after predicting that their glaciers would be gone by 2020.
By 2028: Environmental activists predicted the disappearance of the Maldive Islands: A gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of 1196 small islands within the next 30 years (predicted in 1988).
Some so-called experts predicted island nations being obliterated by 2000. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
Other so-called experts predicted that part of New York City would be submerged by 2019. Of course, it didn’t happen.
By 2030: It’s only going to get worse as climate gets worse and more and more people are harmed. We have 11 years to avoid catastrophe. — Jane Fonda, actress, in 2019
By 2030: Pete Buttigieg claims the planet will be at the point of no return by 2030 if no action is taken.
This is the hardest thing we will have done—certainly in my lifetime—as a country. This is on par with winning World War II, perhaps even more challenging. — Pete Buttigieg
By 2050, consistent with rising global temperatures, climate idiots predicted that 15 U.S. cities will be under water. Prediction: Not going to happen. A scare tactic.
Within the lifetime of Prince George, much of Buckingham Palace could be underwater. — Daily Mail, based on a Climate Central study in 2021.
The rapid death of unusually high numbers of human beings through disease can seriously dent the human population. Carried to an extreme, it is not too hard to imagine it wiping out the human species. — Isaac Asimov (no date set)