Faking covers of Time Magazine to support denialism

The 1970s Ice Age Myth and Time Magazine Covers – by David Kirtley
[Via Greg Laden’s Blog]

This is a guest post by David Kirtley. David originally posted this as a Google Doc, and I’m reproducing his work here with his permission. Just the other day I was speaking to a climate change skeptic who made mention of an old Time or Newsweek (he was not sure) article that talked about fears of a coming ice age.


Here is the image going around:


The cover on the left is faked. Here is the original:


Checking all the issues from the 70s reveals no cover talking about a coming Ice Age. There were some articles inside thaty discussed the possibility of an Ice Age along with articels discussing possible warming. That was the state of knowledge then,

We are about 40 years on now. The science is no longer divided. We are not entering an Ice Age and the world is warming.

The only ‘facts’ that denialists have are fake magazine covers.


3 thoughts on “Faking covers of Time Magazine to support denialism

    1. The original article I linked to mentioned both of those covers.

      I searched around on Time’s website and looked through all of the covers from the 1970s. I was shocked (shocked!) to find not a single cover with the promise of an in-depth, special report on the Coming Ice Age. What about this cover from December 1973 with Archie Bunker shivering in his chair entitled “The Big Freeze”? Nope, that’s about the Energy Crisis. Maybe this cover from January 1977, again entitled “The Big Freeze”? Nope, that’s about the weather. How about this one from December 1979, “The Cooling of America”? Again with the Energy Crisis.

      Articles in Time published during the winter discussing cold weather in the US have little relevance to the conversation about climate change.

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