The world ended in 2011

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 rose by a record amount over the past year. It is the third successive year in which they have increased sharply. Scientists are at a loss to explain why the rapid rise has taken place, but fear the trend could be the first sign of runaway global warming.

Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth’s remaining resources.

Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelarates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.

Those paragraphs were published five years ago in January 2007.  They predict that by 2012 terrible things will have happened to the humanity they hate so much.

The good news is that it’s 2012 and nothing has happened.  Not even slightly.

The paragraphs appeared in a publication called ‘The Canadian’ and remain unchallenged in the online archive to this very day.  In 2007, two years before the ‘Climategate’ emails proved that all was not as cut and dried in climate science as ‘they’ wanted us to believe, we were at the height of the scare stories and predictions of the end of the world and it all being our fault.

The sooth-sayers, whose only pleasure in life is telling us that we are to blame for everything and we are all going to die horribly because of whatever it is we are currently to blame for, were red hot with their various predictions, and this one was being regularly peddled.

However, five years hence and nothing’s happened.  Least of all any apology, explanation, retraction, or revision.

I really think it is time that people who model themselves on Harold Camping – the man who convinced tens of thousands of very gullible Christians that the ‘rapture’ / judgement day / end of the word was coming, complete with mass fire balls of death and devastation – need to be called to account for causing distress to people.

I mean, whoever the original author was, of what was quite happily and smugly published in The Canadian, must have single-handedly caused anxiety and extreme worry for those who read and ‘believed’, yet their article comes with no scientific references to any research that agrees with their sooth-saying, and no subsequent apology for being completely and absolutely wrong.

Lucky for us, and thanks to the Climategate emails, most of us are a lot wiser than we were in 2007. Sure, people will get fooled again, just as a hard core will get fooled by Harold Camping should he come out with another round of equally bizarre predictions, but these days by far the greater majority of us have learned to be far more sceptical and, much to their horror, ask to see the science behind their obscure predictions.