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Prince Albert’s Antarctic Fantasy

December 10, 2016
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/07/natural-world-faces-biggest-ever-threat-warns-sir-david-attenborough/

 

David Attenborough lost the plot a long while ago, but he has now teamed up with Prince Albert of Monaco, who seems to have totally lost his marbles.

From the Telegraph:

 

The world’s natural environment is facing its greatest ever threat, the veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough warned MPs and peers last night as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth.

The BBC naturalist was speaking as Prince Albert II of Monaco signed a new deal with Cambridge University academics to work with wildlife charities and other groups around the world to conserve the natural habitat.

Sir David, whose series Planet Earth II has been winning huge audiences on Sunday nights on BBC One, said: “There has never been a time in history when the natural environment has been under greater threat than it is now and, therefore, the need for new ideas and innovation to combat the destruction of nature upon which we all depend for the future [has never been greater].”

The naturalist praised a new memorandum of understanding between Prince Albert’s foundation and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative which he said would find new ways to “break down silos and foster collaborations” between businesses and students to protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

He said: “Conservation used to be about protecting certain species or specific places but we now know that there is an entire way of life that is at hazard.”

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David said there was great need for new ideas and innovation to combat nature’s destruction

 

The initiative – which was signed in Parliament on Wednesday evening – brings together nine conservation organisation working closely with Cambridge University and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

It would create a world “in which all life on Earth can continue to survive and thrive”, Sir David said.

Speaking at the same meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Polar Regions, Prince Albert said: “The protection of biodiversity and, therefore, of endangered species is an issue to which I attach a great deal of importance.

“It is together that we will be able to save our biodiversity. This is a principle of effectiveness. But it is also a principle of humility; none of us can act alone.”

Prince Albert, the only head of state alive today to have visited the North and South Pole, said he was also funding a new project to pull together in one place all existing research on the effects of climate change.

 

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II on National Day in Monaco last month

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II on National Day in Monaco last month 

 

He pointed to new research which found that the temperature in the Antarctic last month “exceeded by 15C to 20C the average over the period 1958 to 2012”. 

Speaking to an audience of 100 MPs, peers and academics, he said: “The future of these regions is indeed a matter of unprecedented urgency.”

A solution lay in tackling man’s “hubris and a tendency to subjugate nature” which has led “our society to follow a path of unsustainable development”.

Prince Albert called for more “political and logistical” co-operation between countries with research stations in the Antarctic so that knowledge and ideas could be shared.

Prince Albert was marking the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Madrid Protocol which designated the continent as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”.

He called for marine protection areas to be expanded to protect ocean life.

The call was backed by Ben Fogle, the television presenter, who told the meeting that the UK should work to secure a network of the marine protection areas around Antarctica.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/07/natural-world-faces-biggest-ever-threat-warns-sir-david-attenborough/

 

The temperature in the Antarctic last month “exceeded by 15C to 20C the average over the period 1958 to 2012?

Really?

Well, certainly not according to the satellites, which show last month only slightly warmer than average, and no long term trend at all.

 

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http://images.remss.com/msu/msu_time_series.html

 

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http://www.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/v6.0beta/tlt/uahncdc_lt_6.0beta5.txt

 

Surface data from HADCRUT4 shows a similar lack of trend, although they have not yet updated for last month.

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http://www.climate4you.com/Polar%20temperatures.htm#Antarctic%20monthly%20surface%20air%20temperatures%20south%20of%2070S

 

 

But November temperature data is available from SCAR, and they show that across Antarctica temperatures were perfectly normal last month.

 

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http://www.nerc-bas.ac.uk/icd/gjma/

 

So where on earth did Prince Albert get this nonsense from?

I have considered the possibility that he has been misquoted and really meant the Arctic. But the reference to “the average over the period 1958 to 2012” is something that is very specific to the Antarctic, as there is very little temperature data prior to then.

So either he is utterly confused, or he has been spoon fed this rubbish by someone else.

 

Meanwhile, our self important MPs on their Mickey Mouse All Party Parliamentary Group for Polar Regions unquestioningly drank it all in.

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21 Comments
  1. Jackington permalink
    December 10, 2016 6:14 pm

    Where on earth does Sir David, Prince Albert and Ben get this duff gen from? It’s all Group Think I suppose given credence by the RS et al.

  2. Bloke down the pub permalink
    December 10, 2016 6:18 pm

    Wherever Prince Albert got his suspect data from, you can guarantee that no-one in the room doubted it’s veracity for a moment , as they would all be susceptive to the message. As for Attenborough’s bogus claim that the environment has never been under such threat as now, it makes you shiver that the old fool is allowed out anymore.

  3. Bloke down the pub permalink
    December 10, 2016 6:20 pm

    Paul, didn’t you do a post a while back on dodgy data from the Argentinian Antarctic base?

  4. December 10, 2016 6:32 pm

    For those who might be interested, there is an outbreak of heresy in Canada, at the CBC of all places. The comedians are making fun of political climate activism.

    Canada announces new climate change goal: increase meetings by 88%. Complete with video.

    https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/canada-announces-new-climate-change-goal-increase-meetings-by-88-by-the-year-2019/

  5. martinbrumby permalink
    December 10, 2016 6:33 pm

    Albert’s ancestor Prince Albert I (1848-1922) was a world renowned oceanographer and scientist.
    He must be spinning in his grave that this pathetic twerp who has inherited his title and name, now nails his colours to the mast of fraudulence and incompetence.

  6. December 10, 2016 6:49 pm

    “So either he is utterly confused, or he has been spoon fed this rubbish by someone else.”

    Or he’s a bald-faced liar, concerned only for his funding streams and those of his friends?

  7. December 10, 2016 6:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “So either he is utterly confused, or he has been spoon fed this rubbish by someone else.”

    From the data, it looks like lots of both!

    Oh Dear, dear David 🙈

    • December 10, 2016 7:27 pm

      I realise that my adding that third option was somewhat harsh, particularly during Advent, and considering his reputation among the Right People and his Knighthood and all, but it was just hanging out there, unsaid but surely obvious? My apologies – I’ll behave for the remains of the Season.

  8. December 10, 2016 8:03 pm

    ‘…as he backed a new initiative to save life on earth’

    What a joke.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      December 11, 2016 11:57 am

      He did not finish it, what he really meant was get rid of the people so that animals and fish can take over the world. I think I saw Fogle on TV, I tuned out after 5 minutes, he is your total beeboid. Did I not see a little while ago that Attenborough was of the eugenics attitude? Hates people bar one but loves all animals.

  9. December 10, 2016 9:00 pm

    The more I read about the people who are going to save the planet, the more I think they are nut cases. Somewhere they’ve lost all capacity for rational thought.

  10. December 10, 2016 9:58 pm

    So this is the “fake news” Hillary is talking about! It’s a wonder she hasn’t insisted that Davey Attaboy “kill himself immediately” or some sort of twaddle.

  11. Ross King permalink
    December 11, 2016 12:16 am

    It’s the old story of Moral-Dilemma. If your business or ‘schtick’ is threatened, you double-down on your creditors in a last-gasp for bail-out & solvency. But jig’s up!
    Attenborough’s credibility, probity, and intellectual honesty (forgive any tautology) in the AGW debate is long-since shot (one might ask what scientific credentials he has beyond knowing which way to point a camera and click ‘Record’?) Only slack-jawed, naif, brain-washed morons will believe this iconic Self-Promoter. (Trouble is that that includes about 75% of the gullible pop. They shd vote with their Utility Bills to hand!)

  12. tom0mason permalink
    December 11, 2016 2:03 am

    Sir David Attenborough is the face of modern Malthusian believer.

    No more need be said but if you must there’s —
    “David Attenborough, who recently signed up to the population-panic group the Optimum Population Trust (OPT) and frequently declares: ‘I’ve never seen a problem that wouldn’t be easier to solve with fewer people.’”
    from http://www.spectator.co.uk/2012/08/malthuss-children/

    Would he volunteer himself and his family to go first?

    Or just search — David Attenborough Malthusian believer — in a search engine.

    • December 12, 2016 12:34 pm

      I had one of Attenborough’s books from a 1980’s PBS series on planet earth. It is now in my brush pile awaiting the next burning–likely in the spring along with my Fraser fir Christmas tree. Decided I might as well add his book to the carbon cycle quickly as he wants me added to the deceased list. As some have pointed out, where is David showing us the way in population reduction?

  13. mwhite permalink
    December 11, 2016 9:48 am

    Is the North Pole going to melt entirely

    April 1923

  14. mwhite permalink
    December 11, 2016 9:51 am

    October 1958

  15. mwhite permalink
    December 11, 2016 9:53 am

    Catastrophy in 1969

  16. Ian Wilson permalink
    December 11, 2016 9:56 am

    Sir David makes valid points about threats to wildlife and their habitats – many species are indeed diminishing alarmingly in numbers..

    Where he is wrong is attributing the threats to climate change which is a minor if not non-existent contributor.

    Where I do agree with him (seemingly a minority view on this blog) is over his concern about human population growth. It most certainly aggravates forest destruction, countryside loss, over-fishing and any number of other pressures on nature. As the great test pilot Harald Penrose remarked after seeing from the air so much countryside lost during his flying career “all the world’s environmental problems have the common factor of too many people”.

  17. December 11, 2016 5:44 pm

    “The naturalist praised a new memorandum of understanding between Prince Albert’s foundation and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative which he said would find new ways to “break down silos and foster collaborations” between businesses and students to protect the Earth’s biodiversity.”

    Does this mean they will immediately call for the halt to new solar thermal and windmill construction and for tearing down the windmills already operating as part of their effort to stop the slaughter of millions of birds and bats?

    If not, they are hypocrites.

  18. NickG permalink
    December 12, 2016 10:09 am

    maybe he meant 1.5 to 2.0 degrees C ? just a typo surely..

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