But perhaps the lasting legacy of 1976 was that it was the first time that people began to take climate change seriously. Until then scientists had been making dire noises about something going terribly wrong with the weather, but it seemed so . . . well, academic. After all, what was there really to worry about when the 1970s had been mostly the usual mix of cold winters and disappointing summers? So a sensationally hot and dry summer in 1975 came as a rude shock. It could have been written off as a one-off freak, but two successive summers of blistering heat stretched coincidence too far.
No, it was clear to everyone in 1976 that something was untoward.
Rubbish - back in the 1970s there were fears of an impending Ice Age - look at National Geographic, November 1976 article which basically is non committal on which way the climate might turn next - good link well worth an explore -
Scientists agree that we can expect increasingly hot and prolonged heatwaves as climate change bites deep.
Not a hint of any scientist forecasting anything different or actually saying they aren't confident enough in the models to able to forecast as to what to expect.
We may yet find ourselves in the position of Californians, who suffer power blackouts in the summer because of the huge energy demands from air-conditioning.
Those right wind sceptics at the BBC blame something different -
BBC News | AMERICAS | California blackout: Why it happened
...The problems stem from an ambitious - but poorly executed - plan to deregulate the energy industry.
Oh well - facts mustn't get in the way, we are facing disaster!
So, how many more record-breaking heatwaves will it take before we start to take climate change seriously? And when will the Government take the lead? When will it force all new buildings to have their own power generators — solar panels, wind turbines, whatever — and compulsory rain traps to collect rainwater?...We need to be more aware of how much carbon dioxide we use. ... While we’re at it, impose a special carbon tax on airline fares because aviation fuel is untaxed. And tinkering around with a few wind turbines is useless; we need a huge, concerted effort to change our ways.
You said it - useless!
In the intense heatwave of August 2003, more than 2,000 people are reckoned to have died, but still it made no difference. How many more deaths will it take before climate change is taken seriously?
Paul Simons writes the Weather Eye column for The Times
It is strange this 2000 deaths figure - see http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/HSQ25.pdf for a full article - the striking quote I noticed was: Excess mortality was much greater than that observed with previous heat waves in the UK. In London it was estimated that the 2003 heat wave was associated with a 42 per cent increase in mortality, compared to an excess of 16 per cent in 1995 and 15 per cent in 1976
Isn't that damning - 1976 which was a long hot summer, not many died but nearly thirty years later they are dropping like flies - what does that tell you about all the wonderful advances we have made in care for our old and sick?