UK Guardian – BBC Exaggerated Climate Change In David Attenborough’s Africa
Here we go again, history repeats itself, the BBC and David Attenborough wildly exaggerating the supposed effects of Anthropogenic Global Warming.
The BBC has consistently broadcast Climate Change propaganda, so committed to the Green boondoggle is the BBC that they have declared the debate to be over with Climate Change skeptics, the BBC’s charter requirement of impartiality ignored in pursuit of Climate Religion, and all paid for by an annual television tax.
Attenborough’s last production Frozen Planet was heavily criticised for faking shots of zoo polar bears, as wild animals, and the final episode was nothing more then Green AGW fear propaganda. The Discovery Channel and other international buyers of the Frozen Planet decided not to buy that particular program.
The final episode of Attenborough’s latest series Africa was broadcast in Britain last night, and just like Frozen Planet it was nothing more than the usual Green fare of doom and Armageddon for Africa, as according to Attenborough temperatures in the continent have increased 3.5C in the last 20 years.
That claim was a claim too far, even for the Guardian, Leo Hickman writes:
The last episode was devoted to examining how the continent’s wildlife was at a “pivotal moment in their history”. Sir David Attenborough, the series presenter and narrator, explained to viewers what pressures many endangered species now face as they come into conflict with the needs of local human populations. He also devoted a section of the programme to the challenges presented by climate change.
But it was during this section that – like a meerkat sensing danger – my ears pricked. Set against footage of elephants walking beneath Mt Kilimanjaro, Attenborough said:
Leo if you were a meerkat in Attenborough’s make believe Africa you would be one crispy critter by now.
Africa’s climate is certainly changing. Some parts of the continent have become 3.5C hotter in the past 20 years.
Given that global temperatures have remained static for at least 16 years, a claim of a 3.5C for a continent the size of Africa seems curious to say the least, unless of course you are pushing an agenda, trying to keep a dying political ideology alive.
I also noticed some people on Twitter asking the same question. So the following morning I called the BBC press office and asked where this information about a 3.5C temperature rise over 20 years had come from.
I was told that it came from a report published in 2006 by the “Working Group on Climate Change”. The full title of the report was “Africa – Up in Smoke 2: The second report on Africa and global warming from the Working Group on Climate Change and Development” and it was “written and compiled” by Oxfam and the New Economics Foundation, with the support of a wide range of environmental and development NGOs such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF, Cafod and the Institute of Development Studies.
The date 2006, a time when Climate Religion was still on the ascent, a time when the more frightening the story was, the more it would be welcomed by the Greens and politicians so that they could save the world, as Global Warming fear gripped the planet.
This type of politically motivated fear based junk science that 7 years on, is now rightly recognized for exactly what it is, in the words of James Lovelock “This Meaningless Green Drivel”.
But however you approach it, Attenborough’s claim that “some parts of the African continent have become 3.5C hotter in the past 20 years” appears to fall down upon further analysis.
Personally, I find it bizarre – and frustrating – that an otherwise exemplary series, which took years to film, has been tainted – in my mind, at least – by such a sloppy piece of research. Why rely primarily on a seven-year-old report published an NGO? Why not just directly ask climatologists who would have the latest available data to hand? And how did the BBC’s researchers even come across such an obscure fact? You get the sense they simply Googled “Africa temperature rise” and went for the first thing they found.
Hickman stops short of accusing the BBC of pushing the Climate Change meme, instead he charitably suggests sloppy research.
Given the long history of pushing the Global Warming fear meme that the BBC has, the chances of sloppy research are fairly remote, the most likely truth is the direct opposite, much research was done to find the most obscure alarmist report possible, and then broadcast this as the BBC and Attenborough’s truth.
Posted on February 8, 2013, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, BBC, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Lies and tagged Africa, David Attenborough, Leo Hickman. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.