Considering everyone here more than likely has the entirety of human knowledge in their pocket, I should imagine it wouldn’t be difficult to search this yourself, I’m sorry to sound shirty - actually, I’m not. Research it yourself. As for an anecdote - and yes, I agree, anecdotes are not evidence but they can prove relevant - I was born in 1989 and growing up in the 90s I remember news stories saying by the mid 2000s we’d all be dead. I saw them and heard them as a young boy - they stick in my head - they didn’t occur.
I was born in 1974 and don't remember anything that pessimistic.
What we did have:
- WW3 looming
- Hole in the Ozone layer
- Fallout from Tsernobyl
- Acid rain killing forests
- Peak oil looming
- Y2K bug
The media sensationalizes a lot yet I don't remember any doom predictions that the Netherlands would be flooded mid 2000s.
If you have lived a while, you should have seen the climate change around you. It's gradually getting worse, very different from when I grew up. But we managed to fix the Ozone layer, averted the oil crisis, cleaned up Tsernobyl (or made it 'safe' for now), greatly reduced acid rain, ended the cold war and the Y2K bug was mostly sensationalism.
But it didn't all happen by itself and denying there is a problem is not going to fix the problem. If it can even be 'fixed' anymore. Yet better preparedness to the fallout (more droughts, forest fires, floods, desertification, rising sea levels, more frequent/violent storms) is a must.