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Prince Charles Writes Book On Climate Change

January 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood




And it’s not even a spoof!

From the BBC:


Prince Charles has co-authored a Ladybird book on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change.

It is part of a series for adults written in the style of the well-known children’s books that aims to clearly explain complicated subjects.

The 52-page guide has been co-authored by former Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh.

Mr Juniper said he hoped the book would "stand the test of time".

Ladybird produced a series of books for children in the 1960s and 1970s and has recently found renewed success with a range of humorous books for adults.

Titles include the Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis and the Ladybird Book of the Hangover.

The latest series involves experts explaining complex subjects in simple form.


This is the cover of the book:





Apparently they never used to have floods in the past!

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:29 am

    Is it April 1st?

  2. Green Sand permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:36 am

    God Save the Queen!

  3. January 16, 2017 10:39 am

    I have a feeling this will be a gift to the sceptical argument.
    It almost looks like a spoof.
    My guess is that it will be withdrawn/revised in a short space of time, if it is ever published.
    I hope it is though.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:42 am

    It’s good to see that it’s a fossil-fuel powered inflatable that’s sent to the rescue.

    • January 16, 2017 1:46 pm

      Excellent catch there! The book is looking more and more like a spoof by the minute!

  5. Bloke down the pub permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:43 am

    Mr Juniper said he hoped the book would “stand the test of time”.

    5,4,3,2,1 aaaand it’s failed.

    • Jackington permalink
      January 16, 2017 11:45 am

      I take Juniper’s comment to mean he hopes all the disasters forecast will actually come about. The last thing he wants is someone to prove there’s nothing to worry about.

      • January 16, 2017 1:47 pm

        If the disasters come, won’t England be mostly underwater, hot year-round and starving. I doubt anyone will remember the book under those situations. Juniper really is a believer in fantasy.

  6. January 16, 2017 10:46 am

    There seems to be a missing letter on the pharmacy’s billboard?

  7. Joe Public permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:49 am

    Will someone send Charlie boy a copy of:

    Managing Flood Risk – Uckfield Case Study

    Flooding of the River Ouse, Sussex

    The catchment of the River Ouse is in Sussex, rising in the hills of the Weald and reaching the sea at Newhaven. Upstream of the town of Lewes, the rural floodplains of the Ouse and tributaries such as the River Uck are regularly flooded.

    But as far back as 1852 there are records of flooding of the river in the town of Uckfield.

    [My bold]

    • Joe Public permalink
      January 16, 2017 11:07 am

      The scene of the event:,0.0958815,3a,75y,97.02h,75.31t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snTtWMRNozs_jsCW8lhr5AA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

      From the above case study:

      “Downstream (west) of the High Street, the Bellbrook Industrial Estate and the Bell Walk shopping area were built within the floodplain, as far downstream as the A22 Uckfield bypass. This commercial development has largely blocked the natural floodplain, leaving only a relatively small river channel through the town.”

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        January 16, 2017 11:26 am

        Joe: A good wheeze then, would be to print out small addendum notes based on your quote and whenever the book is seen in a bookstore, slip one into it. hee hee.

      • January 16, 2017 1:54 pm

        Flooding does seem to be mostly human-caused: Building on known flood plains, rerouting rivers to wherever people want them to be, building right up to the beach, etc. In the past, people had enough sense to avoid this special type of stupid, but not any more. Now they blame the stupid on a tiny molecule heating the earth. That’s a special kind of stupid.

  8. Phil permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:52 am

    Even easier – Wikipedia: Parts of Uckfield, owing to its location on the river, have been subject to extensive flooding on a number of occasions, the earliest recorded being in 1852. More recent floods have occurred approximately every nine years: in 1962, 1974, 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2007, although those in 2007 were not as severe as previous floods.

  9. January 16, 2017 10:57 am

    He’s got a bad case of climate confirmation bias.

  10. Bill Berry permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:02 am

    I would guess that the inflatable is not only powered by fossil fuel but also made from it

    • January 16, 2017 1:56 pm

      According to the theory, I think you can make the fossil fuel into whatever you want, you just cannot burn it. It’s the burning that is evil and offends Gaia.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        January 16, 2017 3:35 pm

        Petrochemical plants are not powered by windmills….

      • January 16, 2017 4:26 pm

        It doesn’t add up: But they will be. That’s the plan from the greens. Sure, they will only run when the sun shines and/or the wind blows, but that’s not really a problem, is it?

  11. Derek Buxton permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:12 am

    I wonder if anyone told the Heir to the Throne that “floodplains” are called that for a reason…or perhaps he missed that short lesson. Stupidity on stilts, how sad!

    • Paddy permalink
      January 17, 2017 7:18 am

      He never was famous for being the brightest button in the box. Long live our noble Queen.

  12. January 16, 2017 11:14 am

    From Wikipedia:
    “Parts of Uckfield, owing to its location on the river, have been subject to extensive flooding on a number of occasions, the earliest recorded being in 1852.”

    • John of Cloverdale, WA permalink
      January 16, 2017 11:18 am

      Sorry QV, I just extended your Wilipedia quote.

  13. John of Cloverdale, WA permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:16 am

    Fom Wikipedia under Uckfield.
    “Parts of Uckfield, owing to its location on the river, have been subject to extensive flooding on a number of occasions, the earliest recorded being in 1852. More recent floods have occurred approximately every nine years: in 1962, 1974, 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2007, although those in 2007 were not as severe as previous floods.”

  14. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:23 am

    Mr Juniper said he hoped the book would “stand the test of time”.

    So that’s about the same length of time as “Limits to Growth” then, Mr Juniper.

  15. Hivemind permalink
    January 16, 2017 11:29 am

    Apparently they never had scientific frauds in the past, either.

  16. January 16, 2017 11:32 am

    Whenever I meet a climate dolt like H R H I ask 2 simple questions, 1, what is the % of CO2 in atmosphere, 2, what is % of man made CO2 of total . I have never received a correct answer. Only last week a young man interested in climate thought mankind was to blame, I asked him my first question, he replied 18%. I rest my case.

    • Gray permalink
      January 16, 2017 11:56 am

      A letter published In the Centre for Alternative Technology’s mag was from an idiot who thought the ‘deniers’ would only get it when the level of CO2 made breathing difficult!

      • January 16, 2017 6:55 pm

        Climate models are working on predicting when that will happen, but infinity is hard to compute 😉

    • Annie permalink
      January 16, 2017 11:56 pm

      When I asked our eldest grandson how much CO2 was in the atmosphere he replied ‘5%’! ‘Who told you that?’ ‘My teacher at school.’ I made him do a bit of research!

  17. January 16, 2017 11:41 am

    It will be useful to burn when the lights go out due to having no electricity as a result of fighting climate change. I can’t off the cuff think of any other uses for it. On second thoughts, it might be useful to put under a wobbly table leg in a pub or it could be used as a beer mat.

  18. January 16, 2017 11:46 am

    It will fit in well with other books in the new ladybird series.

    • January 16, 2017 2:25 pm

      This one seems to be more expensive than others in the series.
      Its already a best seller on Amazon!
      I’ve already pre-ordered a copy.

      Strangely Prince Charles isn’t mentioned as an author.

      • January 16, 2017 4:27 pm

        I will not in any way spend any money to help this idiocy.

      • January 16, 2017 5:49 pm

        I think quite a lot may be bought by sceptics.

  19. January 16, 2017 12:09 pm

    My wife bought me one of these a while back, I glanced at a few pages and got bored. It’s been sitting on the shelf since – much like old charlie the pseudo-scientist.

  20. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 16, 2017 12:09 pm

    According to a previous clown-prince edict, we are already too late to save the world; makes me proud to be a republican!

  21. A C Osborn permalink
    January 16, 2017 12:16 pm

    Paul, re your “Apparently they never used to have floods in the past!”, wasn’t the last week a classic example, after 60 years of Globul Warming and all the right conditions coming together the East Coast & Thames DID NOT Flood like it did in 1953 when my wife and her family were evacuated from their flooded home by soldiers.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 16, 2017 5:27 pm

      Charles would have been about 5 at the time. Perhaps he can’t remember?

  22. Patsy Lacey permalink
    January 16, 2017 12:20 pm

    This pathetic attempt to brainwash babies from a gentleman who with his wife, travels by private trains, planes,helicopters and huge limousines. Carbon footprint – what a joke! He does of course have a composting loo on his country estate to offset his extravagance.So it’s not do as I do but do as I say.

    • January 16, 2017 12:34 pm

      To be fair, it isn’t intended for children.
      It’s for brainwashing adults.

    • Tony McKenna permalink
      January 16, 2017 3:23 pm

      Poo as I do and do as I say

  23. January 16, 2017 12:21 pm

    I wonder if the book will be carbon neutral?

    • CheshireRed permalink
      January 16, 2017 2:04 pm

      Should be an ebook only, shouldn’t it? Readable on any fossil-fuel manufactured and powered device.

  24. January 16, 2017 12:22 pm

    *uckfield Pharma on the cover 😉 Must be where they get their weed.

    This may be of interest Paul:

    Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Base-load Tidal Generation in the UK

  25. January 16, 2017 12:43 pm

    I see the story is from BBC “News”. Following Donald Trump’s widely circulated shut down of the CNN reporter at his news conference, another rose to ask a question. Trump asked him to state his name and media. He stated he was from BBC. Trump said: “BBC, there’s another beauty”.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      January 16, 2017 1:55 pm

      He is giving the meja exactly what they deserve and brilliantly, looks like he’ll not be buying the clown-princes kiddy-book.

  26. January 16, 2017 12:46 pm

    I’ve been trying to find the original picture on which the cover is based and this article has just appeared on the net:
    The water looks higher in the cover picture to me.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 16, 2017 2:02 pm

      The inflatable seems to have been transposed from the floods in Cumbria.

      • January 16, 2017 2:11 pm

        Artistic licence!
        Have you a link to an image?

      • January 16, 2017 3:47 pm

        Sorry, I just saw it on the same page.
        I notice that the people on the roof have been added and the “stop” sign, which I am sure is supposed to be symbolic.

  27. January 16, 2017 12:49 pm

    I think there is a 50:50 chance it will never be published.

  28. January 16, 2017 1:32 pm

    I thought it was just super that they were able to teach him to tie his own shoelaces. But now it seems he has far surpased my greatest expectations.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      January 16, 2017 1:57 pm

      Are you sure that he can tie his laces: remember his aunty could not even run her own bath without burning herself. They would be funny if they came free and without hangers-on.

      • Nigel S permalink
        January 16, 2017 6:47 pm

        Uncalled for, it followed a stroke and was followed by further strokes and lead to her premature (based on mother and sister) death as you must be aware.

  29. January 16, 2017 2:02 pm

    If you want real information at a kid’s level, try:

  30. Gerry, England permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:03 pm

    The book was a failed project from the start. Perhaps it will be filed in libraries under ‘humour’. and I can remember the day when Ladybird books were respected. I still have one on Metalwork.

  31. Coeur de Lion permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:04 pm

    As a royalist – like I don’t want an ex PM (god- Heath, Brown?) as President, it’s appalling that our future King should make such an idiot of himself.

  32. BLACK PEARL permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:07 pm


  33. Shale Watcher permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:10 pm

    I happen to live near Uckfield which people may remember was visited by floods in 2000. PC was kind enough to visit the town at the time of the flood for which we were grateful.

    Unfortunately the implied connection doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny. Looking at the history of Uckfield shows that it has had flooding problems dating back at least to the 18th century, long before the beginning of the rise in global CO2. A map of 1784 showed raised walkways – on the town side of the river bridge, one of the areas most likely to flood. The early development of Uckfield sensibly occured on nearby higher ground away from the flood plain suggesting that residents were aware of flooding dangers.

    Apart from the disaster of October 2000 there were floods in 1929, 1952 and 1960. It is possible that flooding has in increased in frequency in the last century but this is likely to be due to the construction of a road bridge which acts as a constricted throat to river flow (as in many riverside towns) and a Victorian mill which similarly reduces flow 100 metres upstream. I think I’m right in thinking that the mill is a protected building (part of our heritage beloved by PC – and myself actually). Overall it’s likely that making any persuasive connection between flooding in Uckfield and climate change is unwise at best. We may or may not be getting more extreme weather events but I think the floods in Uckfield can mostly be attributed to other factors.

    • January 16, 2017 2:14 pm

      Very useful local knowledge!

  34. Athelstan permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:25 pm

    chuck really is an unconscionable old fart with a childish urge totally unaltered, not affected by his advancing years and with its incontinent impulsion to stick his mitts into the political mix. Yet chuckles, he does ever so vaguely understand one thing though, that soon, it will be time to draw the curtain on just about all of his dearly cherished, rampant alarmunist fetishes.

    The man made global warming CO₂ supposition will be finally TRUMPED and like all children – chuckie’s ‘aving a tantrum and want’s to scweem and scween and scween………..he doesn’t want to play with TRUMP when he comes to town.

    Thus, he asked a green eco nutter and Tony juniper to help his scrawl a booklet of sanctimony, condescension, and it will be deliciously expensive poundbury cake for all, in the “climate propaganda for the proletariat instructions”………….. Or, when they stopped dredging and encouraged building on the flood plain………and ‘once upon a time in Uckfield’.

  35. johnrmcd permalink
    January 16, 2017 2:28 pm

    Good to get the word from a “scientist”. Are you sure he can tie his laces without help?

    • January 16, 2017 4:35 pm

      I’m sure it will be claimed that “scientists” provided the information, just as was claimed by Al Gore (sadly, that was not the case, but he tried to make the claim and so do all global warming followers, claiming Gore followed the science as their justification for using Gore as a reference and hero). If “scientists” helped, that makes it all good.

      More disturbing is the claim that climate science is so complicated NO ONE other than a climate science can understand it. That would mean the book has little or no value, since the simplicity would not do justice to the theory.

      As for tying his laces without help, I do not want to know. 😉

  36. Frank permalink
    January 16, 2017 4:52 pm

    I’d wager the thermostat does not come down to 15 degrees C by winter and 28 C (that’s the limits the power companies try to push here to set your thermostats) by summer to allow for fossil fuel savings in Buckingham Palace any day soon. So much for commitment to “saving the planet” Chuck. Their electric consumption is probably higher than a 100 homes at least. Al Gore’s is about 10,000 Kw monthly in his (one of several) home in Oak Ridge TN alone. Taking a personal jet wherever isn’t a solution either.

  37. igsy permalink
    January 16, 2017 4:59 pm

    Right now on the dashboard, grid demand is 49.76GW. Wind is meeting 0.75GW of that demand and solar 0.03GW. I presume these intermittent technologies would be adequate to keep HRH’s residences going, together with the needs of a few climate change conferences here and there, but what about the rest of us when the UK’s capacity to generate electricity from coal, nuclear and gas is further diminished?

  38. John Fuller permalink
    January 16, 2017 5:28 pm

    I’m waiting for Janet and John Build a Wind Turbine…

    • January 16, 2017 7:05 pm

      Make it an organic wind turbine for HRH 😎

  39. January 16, 2017 7:49 pm

    I always thought Dumbo was a toffee nose twat, but I was wrong…

    he’s a stupidly ignorant, arrogant, hypocritical, toffee nose twat.

  40. John Palmer permalink
    January 16, 2017 9:11 pm

    If the bumbling old duffer ever listened to his plants instead of talking at them, he’d hear them say how much they’re loin’ a little more CO2 nowadays.

    • John Palmer permalink
      January 16, 2017 9:13 pm

      Yet another typo… ‘loving’ not ‘loin’ – (bl***y predictive text!!).

    • John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia permalink
      January 17, 2017 2:07 am

      His Royalness should know that the reason his talking to plants make them grow is the CO2 he breathes on them.

  41. January 17, 2017 10:17 am

    I’ve read a couple of these books, about what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse and another similar and they are obviously meant as light entertainment; not to be taken at all seriously. This is no doubt in the same vein and should be dismissed as just another spoof comment.

  42. Patsy Lacey permalink
    January 17, 2017 2:05 pm

    Having looked at this item on Amazon it says “this item is not shipped to UK Islands”. I live on the Isle of Wight. Does this mean we are not worth saving with the rest of the planet?

  43. January 18, 2017 8:20 pm

    James Delingpole has picked up on it. It’s well worth reading James’ article.

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