You know Majic I recall all the press about global cooling, an impending ice age, etc. However, all that hysteria is a product of the media, not the scientists involved--there may be a few exceptions to the above statement, but not very many.
The sad fact is, reporters and journalists in general are notoriously inept at reporting scientific material of any kind. They seem to look for
something they think the "common" man can latch onto and then run with it. The problem is, they end up being wrong most of the time simply because
they did not understand what they were trying to report.
As far as I can determine from my own memory, the scientific consensus has been very consistent concerning global warming. There has been much
discussion about it, but mostly in the press. Scientific studies and climate simulations have steadily grown more and more accurate over the years.
They still are not good enough, but they all agree on the major points about the direction our climate is heading and why it is heading in that
direction. I believe the latest IPCC report finally came right out and said that it is about five times more likely that mankind is responsible for
global warming than nature. That marks the first time the scientists have really tried to head off the mis-reporting by the media.