David Attenborough Accused of Climate Change Lies

by Paul Revoir
Mail Online
November 30, 2011

In the final episode of his natural history series Frozen Planet, which is broadcast next Wednesday, Sir David is expected to suggest the Arctic could be free of ice by 2020.

Although satellite observations confirm that the extent of Arctic sea ice has been declining over the past 30 years, those satellite observations show that overall, Antarctic sea ice has been expanding over the same period.’

In a piece written for Radio Times, Lord Lawson said: ‘Sir David Attenborough is one of our finest journalists and a great expert on animal life. Unfortunately, however, when it comes to global warming, he seems to prefer sensation to objectivity.

‘Had he wished to be objective, he would have pointed out that, while satellite observations confirm that the extent of Arctic sea ice has been declining over the past 30 years, those satellite observations show that overall, Antarctic sea ice has been expanding over the same period.’

Sir David – in the same edition of Radio Times – said that ‘data from satellites collected over the last 40 years show a drop of 30 per cent in the area of the Arctic sea ice at the end of each summer’.

He added that the ice was ‘almost half as thick as it was in the 1980s’ and that animals such as polar bears were in jeopardy.

Sir David wrote that the loss of sea ice in the north affected the whole planet because it acted as ‘a huge reflector, bouncing 85 per cent of the sun’s heat back into space’. He warned of devastating effects in coastal areas as sea levels rose.

Lord Lawson has claimed that the polar bear population was rising and that while there had been a ‘modest increase’ in the mean world temperature in the final quarter of the 20th century, the Met Office had confirmed there had been no further global warming.

The former Conservative minister said: ‘Two things are clear. First, that Sir David’s alarmism is sheer speculation. Second, that if there is a resumption of warming, the only rational course is to adapt to it, rather than to try (happily a lost cause) to persuade the world to impoverish itself by moving from relatively cheap carbon-based energy to much more expensive non-carbon energy.’

It has already been revealed that the BBC is offering Frozen Planet to broadcasters in other countries without the controversial climate change episode.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, most populations of polar bears are declining.

Sir David has been vocal about his concerns over climate change for many years and in 2006 he warned that the issue was the biggest challenge facing the world.

He has said: ‘If we do care about our grandchildren then we have to do something.’

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4 Responses to David Attenborough Accused of Climate Change Lies

  1. Norman says:

    Isn’t Lord Lawson the Brit who has been debunked as a snake oil salesman? One has to ask who his masters are?

    • News Desk says:

      Even if he is the snake you think he is, Attenborough did omit the information Lawson talks about. So I guess they are both snakes.

      • Norman says:

        News Desk, I think you mis-quote here, I didn’t call the Lord a “snake”, I said “snake oil salesman”, which is quite different. Perhaps you subscribe to the good Lords views, but, that doesn’t mean you should mis-quote my comment. Of course, I suppose you are not acquainted with what the meaning is?

        • News Desk says:

          Even if you think he is the snake oil salesman you think or someone else thinks he is, Attenborough did omit the information Lawson talks about, therefore he is a proven liar indeed. Having said that, attacks on ‘messengers’ as supposed to the message are usually useless. I welcome all kinds of comments, but prefer to keep the discussions about the issues, not personal attacks or he said, she said mind games. As far as being acquainted with what a snake oil man is, I am pretty well versed on that. I could tell you what it means in 5 languages. Best Regards to you, Norman.