Check out these 15 doomsday predictions that did not come to pass (13 in the past or present and 2 in the future):
By 1980, city-dwellers will need to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.
By 1985, air pollution will block 50% of the sunlight reaching Earth, resulting in global cooling and a 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 1990, all lead, zinc, tin, silver, and gold reserves will be gone.
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.
By 2000: The world as we know it will likely be ruined before the year 2000. — 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
In 2016, Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by double digits and defeat Donald Trump in an Electoral College landslide.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in as many as 2.2 million U.S. deaths. Not happening this year. Wrong by 1000%.
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
Thank God, we can trust such scientific minds as Jane Fonda to get things absolutely wrong.
By 2050, consistent with rapidly rising global temperatures, 15 U.S. cities will be under water.
We don’t know about this one. We have 30 years to see what happens. If you want to be credible in making predictions, make them so far away that no one will be able to verify your predictions.
And a few more predictions with no set time frame:
In 1922, the Washington Post warned that the Earth was warming rapidly, that ice caps would soon be gone, that coastal cities would soon disappear, and that oceans were dying. Their predictions were for the coming few years. So far, 100% wrong. But, then, it’s only been 98 years since these predictions were made. No soon enough?
In 1970, the first Earth Day organizers warned that the people of Earth were in great danger of death and starvation because the Earth was COOLING rapidly. Within years, they changed the warning to global warming after the Earth failed to cool. So far, 100% wrong.