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BBC’s Climate Activist Page

December 28, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t stewgreen





We know that, when it comes to climate change, much of the BBC’s news output is biased, exaggerated or downright fake.

But now they have dropped all pretence that they are nothing more than a PR site for all things green.

Take the above page, which laughably is headed “BBC News”, and sub-sectioned US & Canada.

Its headline item is a video from a self-confessed climate loon, who says he is fighting global warming by not having kids. On any semi-respectable news site, he would either be ignored or laughed at. He certainly would not be treated as a serious news item

But worse still, they have a series of five more climate videos at the top of the page. None of these are remotely news items. Instead they are activist propaganda, of the sort you would expect to see on the Greenpeace website.

Which pretty much sums up all BBC coverage on climate change!






The Looby Lou who filmed himself for the video comes from Prince Edward Island. His only complaint about the effect of climate change on the island is that “hurricanes are getting stronger”.

Interestingly, NOAA have a map of all hurricane strikes on the US, which shows that there have been no strikes at all north of Rhode Island since 1969.

They don’t extend the list to Canada, but it is strong evidence that global warming has not pushed hurricanes further north, or for that matter made them stronger in New England.

Notably, there have only been two major hurricanes that have made landfall north of N Carolina – Carol and Donna in 1954 and 1960 respectively.

  1. December 28, 2018 12:45 pm

    What we call “hurricanes” are in the southern climes. The northeast and Canada experience similar storms in the winter and they are known as “nor’easters.”

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 28, 2018 1:09 pm

    Perhaps Ofcom needs to get involved. One assumes BBC’s Charter extends to their ‘News’ website. If they call it news it should not include comment.
    ‘Greenpeace – as seen on BBC’

    • adrian permalink
      December 28, 2018 4:15 pm

      Please, will anyone tell me why you all insist on paying for these r’soles??

  3. R2Dtoo permalink
    December 28, 2018 1:15 pm

    Canada’s media is no better. The CBC is non-stop indoctrination and bias. The effects are obvious. The question today on Canada’s “The Weather Network” was what is the most common gas in the atmosphere? One in five (20%) chose CO2. Only 34% chose Nitrogen. About 3500 responses. Talk about dumbing down society.

    • Terbreugghen permalink
      December 28, 2018 3:17 pm

      I do a similar survey of college freshmen, “name the three principal gases in the earth’s atmosphere,” and, “what is the gas that causes 80% of the greenhouse effect?” Only one in a hundred come close. This after 12 years of indoctrination. . . er, I mean, education.

      • Terbreugghen permalink
        December 28, 2018 3:20 pm

        I meant to add that it’s too bad Jason McGregor’s parents weren’t as enlightened about social justice, white supremacy, climate change, and overall moral superiority as he obviously is.

    • dave permalink
      December 29, 2018 11:42 am

      It is an example of the “availability heuristic.” The answers arise from the relative number of times the interviewees have heard the names of the gases, spoken by authority figures.
      Blind leading the blind.

  4. Malcolm Bell permalink
    December 28, 2018 1:19 pm

    I am, of course, a climate change sceptic. At least regarding carbon emission as the primary driver.

    I remain a dedicated Malthusian as I have been for fifty years. World population has tripled in my lifetime and is not significantly slowing. All wild large animals will have gone in fifty years as we gobble up their living space.

    So, this strange warmist is at least half right by not having children. If the whole world limited to two (which rational
    person would have more anyway?) then the biosphere might stand a chance. So, good for him, I am grateful.

    Forget carbon, and methane and reducing eating animals and all that stuff. Find every ethical method possible to reduce the population, the faster the better. That is totally and completely the only problem we have. Period.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 28, 2018 1:27 pm

      Malcolm, the ‘ethical’ method for reducing population is to offer third-world populations cheap, reliable, available electrical energy. Then they no longer have need of large families to sustain their mediaeval life-styles. Anything else is immoral – and very Greenpeace.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        December 28, 2018 6:23 pm

        Like many people I have researched my ancestors. Coming from the Western Isles, Argyllshire, Lincolnshire and various xiversd parts of the HK. What stands lut is that in the 17th and 18th century 2 or 3 children make it to adulthood and marriage. Tben in the 19th century double figures of children be oming adults is the norm. With these large families many emigrated sometimes the wbole family of a dozen or more. Within a generation or two family size was back down to 3 or 4 surviving to adults.

        So it seems to me that large families go hand in hand with high mortality and low or subsistence incomes. Once more children survive the struggle to survive becomes more difficult leading to economic migration. In areas without industry small families and continued economic migration lead to depopulation.

        If limiting population growth and economic migration is the objective then creating wealth and industry in developing nations is the way to go. The key there is cheap plentiful energy.

    • Broadlands permalink
      December 28, 2018 1:55 pm

      The almost perfect correlation between the sum total of human activities and atmospheric CO2 has been known (and consistent) for over 30 years. Read the small paper by Newell & Marcus: “Carbon Dioxide and People”. They discuss it realistically as the dilemma it is.

      Our current problem is not CO2 and population, it is the absurd idea that humans can affect the Earth’s climate by manipulating and mitigating this trace gas with geoengineering and a technological “control knob”.

    • quaesoveritas permalink
      December 28, 2018 2:04 pm

      I agree, ultimately Malthus was correct.
      But the main threat from excessive human population on wildlife is not though “climate change” but the elimination of natural habitat, which has been reduced to the extent that there is no longer room on the planet for humans and natural populations of many species.

      • A C Osborn permalink
        December 28, 2018 3:17 pm

        Have you ever looked at how much of the world is actually natural habitat compared to how much is covered by Human habitation?
        Stupid Green “initiatives” are the biggest threat to nature and habitat and not the population.
        Elephants, Rhinos & Whales are not killed by “encroachment” they are hunted to extinction for tusks, horns & god only knows what for in the case of Whales.
        There is absolutely nothing stopping Humans and fauna living side by side.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        December 28, 2018 4:31 pm

        Whenever necessary I will continue to state the obvious: it is possible (in theory) to give every human being on the planet two acres of habitable land and by most calculations one-half acre of arable land.

        Sudan has the potential to feed the whole of Africa given some simple engineering and the political will.

        Malthus was wrong then as his disciples continue to be wrong today — as Ehrlich proves every time he opens his mouth.

        Harry Passfield simply quotes established evidence — alleviate poverty and population growth slows rapidly and dramatically. As usual, the eco-fascists are trying to put out a fire by pouring paraffin on it.

      • quaesoveritas permalink
        December 29, 2018 7:21 pm

        Lions are killed by encroachment, to take one example, when tribal herdsmen poison them for killing their cattle, when the cattle are in a game reserve illegally,
        We have encroached into the territories of species all over the world and it doesn’t help African Lions that there is some space somewhere else.
        Wild animals need a minimum space to survive and we have taken almost all of it. I am afraid that humans and animals cannot live side by side, except when all of the animals are in zoos.

    • bobn permalink
      December 28, 2018 5:37 pm

      Well Malcolm we can start by stopping attempts to eradicate malaria, cholera, ebola etc. Then, without our man-made population changing, nature can use its toolkit of diseases to weed out humanity. Our generation can take credit for putting evolution into reverse, by increasing the quantity and decreasing the quality of humanity!

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      December 28, 2018 6:23 pm

      I salute you, Malcolm, for not contributing to the future Human gene pool.

    • December 29, 2018 7:22 am

      Malcolm. It’s been a while since you checked population growth figures I take it. Growth is rapidly slowing down.

    • January 2, 2019 4:50 am

      You should read about what Mother Nature has done. 99% of all species that have ever lived have gone extinct. Numerous catastrophes. If Mother Nature was a real person she would have to stand trial for crimes against life.

      Why is it that humans have this obsession of keeping every single species alive? Maintaining status quo at all costs, even when it means hurting our own species. There are even species we can’t seem to eradicate even when we actively try. It’s funny how nature doesn’t work that way. In nature the strongest, the most adaptable wins. There are no charities taking care of the poor and the sick. If you can’t feed yourself or your kids, you die. If you can’t adapt to changing environment, you die. There is no benevolent government giving you a helping hand.

      It would be funny if some God or creator really existed and found out that humans committed suicide in order to “save” the planet, and was really confused about that. Like “what are you doing? I wanted to have a species who would eventually rise up and dominate everything! Idiots. Humans were too emotional. Should have seen this coming. Oh well, I guess it’s time for the cats to rise up. They don’t give a crap about anyone. Eventually they will be ruling the entire galaxy.”

  5. mikewaite permalink
    December 28, 2018 1:42 pm

    “I am not having children to fight climate change”
    I feel sorry for him. In 30 years time all his friends will be cooing over videos of their grandchildren and he and his partner will have – nothing.
    Never to hold a young baby just passing into a milk coma and say : is he /she smiling at me, or is it wind? One day it isn’t wind.
    Sad guy.

  6. December 28, 2018 1:42 pm

    Ever since that BBC memo in September (link below) they have happily shifted into full propaganda mode, the politburo probably threw a party when that happened, no further obligation to report on enemy number 1 of environmental activism … doubt.

    • December 28, 2018 4:39 pm

      Whoever does the BBC news staff’s climate lobotomies has got a job for life.

  7. Jules permalink
    December 28, 2018 2:11 pm

    Him not having children is probably a good idea for the human race.

    • Dr K.A. Rodgers permalink
      December 28, 2018 4:23 pm

      Yup. All “climate loons” should be encouraged not to have children and remove their genes from the common pool.

  8. Alan Tomlin permalink
    December 28, 2018 2:56 pm

    Oops….you should check Canada’s National Hurricane Centre. No indication that hurricane frequency is increasing recently, but there have been plenty of hurricane landfalls on Nova Scotia and Nfld in particular….those provinces project much further east into the Atlantic than the US eastern seaboard and often stand in the way of Atlantic hurricanes that don’t landfall in the US.(cross-posted on ClimateChangeDispatch)

    • A C Osborn permalink
      December 28, 2018 3:19 pm

      Do you know what “category” they are at landfall and are they increasing?

      • Alan Tomlin permalink
        December 28, 2018 4:35 pm

        Typically less than Cat 3 likely because of cool waters off their coasts… indication that freq is increasing from my eyeball analysis….but I did not do a stat analysis. No analysis from NHC that freq or intensity of Cdn landfall hurricanes is trending up or down

      • Alan Tomlin permalink
        December 28, 2018 5:00 pm

        Cdn Hurricane Centre has data from 1950:

        Worst recent was a Nova Scotia Cat3-4 (Juan) in 2003…..Atlantic provinces hurricane activity since then has been fairly quiet. My main reason for my original posting here was that Paul H appeared to assume that only US landfalling hurricanes could have an impact on Canada……clearly not the case

      • December 28, 2018 7:21 pm

        My main objective was to show that major hurricanes are not getting more frequent as we go north, Alan

      • Joe Public permalink
        December 28, 2018 6:50 pm

        “Do you know what “category” they are at landfall and are they increasing?”

        If neither the Beeb nor GPeas have reported increases, then it’s a given that they aren’t.

  9. Doug Proctor permalink
    December 28, 2018 3:19 pm

    The nillist, anti-human philosophy: what a sad commentary on current, western civilization!! The BBC doesn”t challenge it and, by not challenging it, endorses it. Who thinks the rest of the planet agrees?

    And …. how many zero-kids people are actually self-involved, narcissists using virtue-signalling as a cover for not becoming useful members of the adult world?

    The media like to act like appearances equal reality. Those who have matured know this is rarely the case. Skepticism isn’t being mean, it’s being reasonably aware.

  10. A C Osborn permalink
    December 28, 2018 3:24 pm

    Paul, have you watched the BBC News “Weather Programme”?
    It is out and out CAGW propaganda, in many cases self contradictory.
    With classics like Coldest ever March, Snow 2 months earlier than normal, the hottest for decades, never before seen in our lifetime, the worst for 100 years etc.
    It is always half the story, never the actual facts.
    And pushing Wind Power like mad with a wind Farm that “can” supply power for 400,000 homes, but never mention what it supplies when the wind is not blowing.

  11. Gamecock permalink
    December 28, 2018 4:31 pm

    You will fail if you think you can fight BBC/Greenpeace with facts. They aren’t interested.

  12. December 28, 2018 5:07 pm

    Sorry I have run out of polite comment on the BBC coverage of climate matters.

  13. Ian permalink
    December 28, 2018 5:50 pm

    The worst offenders seem to be those media who are paid directly by the public.
    The self-serving abuse will end only when the public cuts off the valve.


  14. BLACK PEARL permalink
    December 28, 2018 6:16 pm

    Can one legally deprive the BBC of the TV tax they get, as they are obtaining it, by lying that they are an impartial broadcaster

    • December 28, 2018 6:57 pm

      Maybe EU state aid rules could be used against the BBC, and a good case could be made that the license fee money should be distributed fairly among ALL broadcasters.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        December 29, 2018 11:09 am

        After March that question becomes academic.

  15. Derek Colman permalink
    December 29, 2018 12:35 am

    This person is not alone. Thousands of couples are making that decision. It won’t end well when in their old age they realise they have no children to look after them or grandchildren to spoil because they listened to some idiots years ago, who have since been proven to have got it wrong.

  16. December 29, 2018 1:32 am

    Today’s GW PR story being pushed thru most BBC Facebook pages
    \\ The centuries-old tradition of husky racing is alive and well in the US state of Alaska.
    But a changing climate means the competition season for these canine athletes is shrinking…//
    Note the word campaign in the URL
    …. webstory is dated Dec 24

  17. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 29, 2018 1:43 am

    Is this why they are recruiting Angelina Jolie to front an education series?

    • December 29, 2018 7:28 pm

      Hmm, and she is thinking of entering US politics (no prizes for guessing on which side), i.e. the new Michelle Obama, no wonder the BBC WS is providing free publicity and financial support.

  18. December 29, 2018 10:46 am

    Any html coders out there ?
    Look at that BBC Climate Activist video page in your browser
    Open up view page source
    ..There is masses of secret coding in there
    How many times on the normal webpage do you see the word Climate ?
    “climate” 12, “activist” 3

    In fact the amount of hidden content is massive eg the words “climate” 315, “activist” 42

    People used to fill webpage with lots of hidden keywords to fool Google into giving your page a high ranking
    – But #1 That is against Google rules
    #2 It’s bad practice cos the Google algorithm relies on indexing pages on what they actually contain

    The html contains reference codes to 25 different BBC Facebook pages
    I am guessing that that is a command to post this vid to each of those 25 pages

    .. just imagine if BBC is using the same Facebook PR tactics in it’s other campaigns : “Stop Brexit” and “Trump Must Fall”

  19. December 29, 2018 10:50 am

    My own tweet

  20. December 29, 2018 10:59 am

    Another GW PR story being pushed thru most BBC Facebook pages
    \\ The centuries-old tradition of husky racing is alive and well in the US state of Alaska.
    But a changing climate means the competition season for these canine athletes is shrinking…//
    Note the word campaign in the URL
    webstory dated Dec 24

  21. Jackington permalink
    December 29, 2018 4:34 pm

    If the government funded BBC is serious about supporting this propaganda theme presumably they will be pulling their annual “Save the Children” appeal. Scary times!

  22. January 2, 2019 4:38 am

    How arrogant you have to be to believe that you not having kids will have any effect. Everyone else obviously don’t give a crap. Fine example of empty virtue signaling and attention grabbing.

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