October 21 - 1958: Betty Freidan warns about Climate Change long before Al Gore

The tide also rises - Turnpike happens; Connecticut Turnpike's completion will speed travel to Cape
"Warm water flowing north has driven the codfish off Cape Cod to Newfoundland". Betty Friedan. Wiki image.

1958: Betty Freidan warns about Global Warming... and she was right

She predicted the problem long before Al Gore

Over a half century ago Betty Friedan predicted Global Warming and the Connecticut Turnpike opened making the drive to Cape Cod easier. These and other items were found in newspaper archives of 1958 this week.

Not just a feminist heroine

In the September 1958 issue of  Harper's Betty Friedan (on right), pre-“Feminine Mystique,” was busy working as a journalist. wrote about “The Coming Ice Age,” a gem in the annals of environmental historiography.

“Although scientists do not agree on its significance, they have observed an increasingly rapid warming and rising of the ocean in recent years,” Friedan wrote--way before Al Gore came along.

She wrote, “Warm water flowing north has driven the codfish off Cape Cod to Newfoundland; annual temperature has risen ten degrees in Iceland and Greenland; down here winters are warmer; the Hudson River no longer freezes over as it used to.”

Friedan’s article focused on the scientists Maurice Ewing and William Donn, who predicted that “the next Ice Age will be preceded by such a warming of climate.”

1958: Detours en route

Highway Construction Makes Trip Planning Essential
Connecticut Turnpike's completion will speed travel to Cape Cod

With a record-breaking number of motoring vacationists expected on the nation's highways this summer, rather special conditions, both good and bad, will confront them.

On the good side, the big post-war rush of toll-road building is practically completed...

And visitors to Cape Cod and upper New England will be pleased to learn that the Connecticut Turnpike will open in time for the next summer rush.


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