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Published on July 28th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst


Just Another Global Warming Video From 1958

Below are the seemingly prophetic words and a short video of Dr. Frank Baxter, or, “Dr. Research,” who was best known for the series of educational films called The Bell Laboratory Science Series. Remember, this happened in 1958:

“Even now, man may be unwittingly changing the world’s climate through the waste products of his civilization. Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year, of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide… our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer.”

According to Wikipedia, the Bell Labs Science Series:

“[C]ombined scientific footage, live actors and animation to convey scientific concepts and history in a lively, entertaining way, and the bald, bespectacled and affable Dr. Baxter served as narrator, lecturer and Master of Ceremonies.”

Okay, so they were teaching this stuff in schools in the late 50′s and early 60′s? Granted, Dr. Research was a professor of English, but it is clear he’s not making the stuff up himself. It seems that “the bald, bespectacled and affable” Dr. Baxter was on to something, huh? See for yourself (Running time: 1 min., 19 sec.). [youtube=]

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is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.

5 Responses to Just Another Global Warming Video From 1958

  1. Rod Adams says:

    Wow – even I was not born when that video was produced and I am nearly 50 years old.

    Those scenes of chunks of ice crashing into the water could have come from an Al Gore PowerPoint.

    Anyone know what our current addition rate is compared to the 6 billion tons noted in this video?

  2. How prophetic! The validation needed today to elect a President that will do something about it-

    Go Obama!

    Green Mom

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