Doomsday Predictions That Didn’t Happen

Check out these 15 doomsday predictions that did not come to pass (13 in the past or present and 2 in the future):

By 1980, city-dwellers will need to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.

By 1985, air pollution will block 50% of the sunlight reaching Earth, resulting in global cooling and a coming Ice Age.

By 1989, the population explosion and resulting food shortages will result in mass starvation (The Great Die-Off) in which 4 billion people will perish.

By 1990, all lead, zinc, tin, silver, and gold reserves will be gone.

By 2000: By the end of this century, climate change will reduce the human population to a few breeding pairs surviving near the Arctic. — James Lovelock, author, Healing Gaia

By 2000, global crude oil reserves will be gone.

By 2000, global temperatures will be 11 degrees cooler. We will be in a new Ice Age.

By 2000: The world as we know it will likely be ruined before the year 2000. — Environmental Fund letter

On January 1, 2000 (Y2K), computers will go haywire and plunge the civilized world into chaos.

By 2006: As the 21st century progresses, stronger Katrina-like hurricanes will occur more frequently.

By 2011: We’re gonna run out of oil. — Jimmy Carter, U.S. president

In 2016, Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by double digits and defeat Donald Trump in an Electoral College landslide.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in as many as 2.2 million U.S. deaths.

By 2030: It’s only going to get worse as climate gets worse and more and more people are harmed. We have 11 years to avoid catastrophe. — Jane Fonda, actress, in 2019

By 2050, consistent with rapidly rising global temperatures, 15 U.S. cities will be under water.

Doomsday Predictions that did not come true

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