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Discussion > Time is Running Out........ again

just for fun (lets collate some quotes on this theme, 50 days to save the planet, and 100 months being good examples..

some to get started:

“Time is running out”

Henry Kendall
speaking on behalf of Greenpeace
1992


“Time running out for action on global warming”

Greenpeace
1994

“Time is running out for the climate”

Chris Rose
Greenpeace
1997

“Time is Running Out for Japan and the Kyoto Protocol”

Bill Hare
Greenpeace International Climate Policy Director
2 Jul 2001


“Time is running out for nature and wildlife around the world”

Jennifer Morgan, WWF
Dec 2004


“Time is running out to tackle climate change.”

Friends of the Earth Scotland
June 2005

“Time is running out to deal with climate change.”

Steven Guilbeault
Greenpeace
Dec 2005

May 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Our right royal buffoon (sorry I meant right Charlie) in Brazil 2009:
The best projections tell us that we have less than one hundred months to alter our behaviour before we risk catastrophic climate change, and the unimaginable horrors that this would bring.

May 26, 2015 at 11:48 AM | Registered CommenterDung

Also include all the "this is our last chance" by-lines which are used for every climate meeting.

May 29, 2015 at 9:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

COP 34 St Tropez 2149.

"There still time to act but it's running out. We have only another 100 months to save the world." Greenpeace spokeswomen Cristiana Figueres Jr.

May 29, 2015 at 10:21 AM | Registered Commentergeronimo

There's always Gordon Brown's "50 days to save the planet". He was speaking metaphorically, though, I think. He meant that the 50 days of whatever huge hypocritical climate jamboree was taking place at the time.

May 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

The 'urgency' meme is an important one in various social memeplexes. It helps suppress our reason (if one believes the urgency meme, it means there isn't time to think things through properly, one should just act), and so assists other culturally aggressive memes in getting through our defenses to hit our emotional hot-buttons.

Extremist political movements often stress urgency, as do religions (e.g. "the great majority of Catholics - as their priests saw it - were in urgent need of confession", from 'Catholics and Contraception : An American History').

May 31, 2015 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterAndy West

Guardian website and related to the 100 month claim:

Monday 1 October marks the halfway point in a 100-month countdown to a game of climate roulette.

On a very conservative estimate, 50 months from now, the dice become loaded against us in terms of keeping under a 2C temperature rise.

May 31, 2015 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterDung

I wish at the end of these periods they would say; ok it's too late now, lets forget carbon taxes and decarbonising the economy. It's too late. We'll just have to mitigate as and when required.

Jun 1, 2015 at 9:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Here's a slightly unusual one reported at WUWT in early 2009. Unusual not because it contains reports of James Hansen predicting the end of the world, but because it's four years instead of the more common multiples of five, ten, fifteen or twenty. I guess that is because he directing it at Barrack Obama and presidential planetary cycles are of four years duration.

Also notable because it is about the other Pope (Met Office Vicky) telling Guardian readers that people should lay off the alarmism a bit. Credit where credit is due. They can't say we're always nasty to them.

Jun 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Califonia Congressman Jared Huffman now has just a year left before a review is due for his 2006 statement:

"I think, without hyperbole, we may have 10 years to save the planet."

Without hyperbole, Go Jared.

Jun 1, 2015 at 2:08 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

The clock is also ticking for Bill McGuire, author of "Seven Years to Save the Planet: The Questions and Answers (2008)" As of today, according to the Amazon date of publication, he has only one month and eight days left before we are granted merciful release.


Those concerned about the world not ending need not worry, however. His website informs us that the BBC graciously hosts Bill's quarterly doomwatch update. I am not making this up:

READ BILL'S QUARTERLY DOOMWATCH COLUMN IN BBC FOCUS MAGAZINE

Focus MagazineBe one step ahead of the grim reaper. Keep up to date with those disasters waiting to happen by checking out the latest doom and gloom on the natural catastrophe front. Find out more about Focus magazine at:

http://sciencefocus.com/

Jun 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

http://ameg.me/images/sea-ice/4560054485.jpg

http://a-m-e-g.blogspot.co.uk/

The Arctic Emergency Methane Group have been predicting the end of the world for a while now. In 2012 they were sure the Actic summer ice would be gone by 2015. In their latest version it's been pushed back to next year. Curiously they've mananged to change the exponential downward trend by one year but instead of adding the real data they've managed to lose a year, thereby hiding the entire recorvery (short term or not). Isn't it funny how these people can create reams of alarmist literature but can't find the latest data?

Jun 29, 2015 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

There is a wonderful website whose purpose is to catalog the many, many failed predictions of doom that our CO2 obsessed friends have made over the years.
http://climatechangepredictions.org/
My favorite section of the website is called "doomsday".
What is fascinating to me is how the CO2 obsessed fall for climate doom stories the way an evangelical fundamentalist falls for stories about the rapture.

Jun 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

'Save the world before it's too late:' Robert Redford addresses UN urging leaders to take immediate action on climate change

Redford said his passion for environmental matters began more than 40 years ago but has only grown stronger since then.

Jun 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS