Sir David Attenborough is a British institution. He’s a 93 year old naturalist and broadcaster. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on television, fronting one documentary or other about the natural world of plants and animals.
I don’t remember him as being a particularly political figure, but in recent years he’s become increasingly outspoken about Global Warming. The latest:
“The moment of crisis has come” in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.
According to the renowned naturalist and broadcaster, “we have been putting things off for year after year”.
“As I speak, south east Australia is on fire. Why? Because the temperatures of the Earth are increasing,” he said.
Sir David’s comments came in a BBC News interview to launch a year of special coverage on the subject of climate change.
He told me it was “palpable nonsense” for some politicians and commentators to suggest that the Australian fires were nothing to do with the world becoming warmer.
“We know perfectly well,” he said, that human activity is behind the heating of the planet…
Another Briton, almost as illustrious as Sir David, is 67 year old polymath Lord Christopher Monckton, who writes:
This will be a long posting, because it is necessary to nail the childish myth that global warming caused the bushfires in Australia. The long, severe drought in Australia, culminating in the most extensive bushfires in recent history, ought to have aroused sympathy for the cattle-ranchers who have lost their livestock and the citizens who have lost their homes. But no. Instead, those who profiteer by asserting that global warming is the cause of every extreme-weather event have rushed to state – falsely – that an “overwhelming scientific consensus” (to cite the Greens’ website) blames the incidence, extent, duration and severity of the drought and bushfires on the somewhat warmer weather caused by our having increased the atmospheric CO2 concentration by about 1 part in 10,000 from 0.03% to 0.04% by volume.
Nearly all of the news media have taken the line that capitalism in general and the non-socialist governing coalition in particular are to blame. Nearly all have failed to mention the true causes of the current firestorm…
So which is it? Do we “know perfectly well” that humans are causing global warming? Or is it just a “childish myth”? Who should you believe: Sir David or Lord Christopher? Both speak with equal conviction.
Is it any wonder if some people will believe one, and some will believe the other? And others will be left confused?
My own inclination is to place more trust in Christopher Monckton than in David Attenborough, because the former has a good understanding of the physics of heat exchange, and the latter does not. Not that this is particularly meaningful, as plenty of climate alarmists also have a good understanding of the physics, and plenty of climate sceptics do not.
My own view is that climate change is a largely imaginary threat, in the same way that environmental tobacco smoke is an imaginary threat. But it seems to be a feature of our time that imaginary threats are built up into terrifying proportions.
I also think that meat, sugar, butter, fat, salt, chocolate, and fast food are imaginary threats.