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Attenborough’s Netflix Nonsense

April 8, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Attenborough’s new Netflix series is out. I have not watched it, but someone has sent me some notes of his claims:

 

It seems to be going on big on the idea that the planet was once “stable” but now it’s not.

 

In the last 50 years wildlife populations have on average declined by 60 per cent” (voiced over footage of a polar bear!)

 

“The future of this whole migration depends on the regularity of the rains” (the constantly reiterated suggestion is that rainfall – eg in Africa – is becoming a lot less reliable and predictable and that animals are doomed as a result)

 

“Antarctica and The Arctic: though they may seem remote to many of us the stability of these icy wastes is crucial to life on the planet. But in just 70 years things have changed at a frightening pace. The polar regions are warming faster than any other part of the planet.”

 

“Polar bears specialise in hunting seals out on the frozen ocean. But that world is now literally melting bneath their feet. The bears’ limited hunting season is getting shorter….This is already having a profound impact. Cubs are growing up underweight which reduces their chance of survival. Within the lifetime of these cubs the Arctic could be largely free of sea ice.”

 

“But the Arctic is warming dramatically.”

 

“Over the last 20 years Greenland has been losing ice – and the rate of loss is accelerating.”

 

“Without the Humboldt current [which, it is implied, may be disrupted or cease to exist] the coast of Perus would fall silent.”

 

“All across our planet crucial connections are being disrupted.”

 

A few early thoughts, which I might enlarge on next week:

 

  1. Wildlife decline – it is not clear if he is blaming climate change, but there is no evidence that cc is having any widespread effect. Obviously it is habitat loss, intensive farming, urbanisation etc which are mainly responsible. What is he proposing, that we let half the world starve?
  2. Migration and rains – There is zero evidence that long term climate trends have adversely affected migration patterns. Rainfall varies hugely from year to year, vastly swapping any small long term trends. Also multi decadal trends and cycles are much more significant, such as the Sahel droughts of the 1970s, caused by global cooling.
  3. Polar warming – The Arctic is no warmer than in the 1930s. Arctic climate does change faster than the rest of the world, because it is so dry. Temperatures have risen quickly in the last thirty years, just as they did in the 1920s. But they also fell sharply in the 1960s and 70s. In the Antarctic, temperatures have not risen at all, except for the Peninsula. Even there temperatures have not risen for the last thirty years
  4. Polar bears – as we know, polar bears are thriving.
  5. Greenland – again, temperatures were just as high in the 1930s and 40s. Ice melt is not accelerating, indeed the ice sheet is believed to grown in the last two years.
  6. Humboldt current – this is affected by El Nino, but there is no evidence of long term changes from global warming

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL080634

 

7. “All across our planet crucial connections are being disrupted.”- As far as climate is concerned, no they are not!

 

 

If anyone picks up any other claims, let me know.

 

In addition to this Netflix series, Attenborough is still doing a one off programme for the BBC specifically on climate change, due out “this spring”

 

21 Comments
  1. Mark Winthrop permalink
    April 8, 2019 7:20 pm

    Attenborough is first and foremost a Television presenter which is not to be forgotten. I hope his association with the Russian Walrus stampede previously reported without any reference to climate change doesn’t change his legacy from national Treasure to laughing stock..must be too busy to go to original source information.

    • April 8, 2019 8:55 pm

      He was indeed just the voice-over for this Netflix series, produced by the same company that has done many of his BBC programmes, where he had more say in what was presented, but it is the WWF that called the shots, the head of the production company has recently been touting the accuracy and independence of “The Science” because it came from … WWF.

  2. Curious George permalink
    April 8, 2019 7:36 pm

    A lie repeated thousand times becomes true.

  3. April 8, 2019 7:45 pm

    I have just seen a trailer for Attenborough’s programme for the BBC on climate change. It seems that it will be more of the same false claims and propaganda.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 9, 2019 1:41 pm

      Why would it be anything else?

  4. April 8, 2019 9:02 pm

    The solution to habitat loss is, of course, the exact reverse of what enviro-zombies want. It is wealth that stops and reverses that loss, and wealth comes from cheap and plentiful energy.

  5. avro607 permalink
    April 8, 2019 10:20 pm

    Paul-see Sunday Express April 7,page-23.
    His producer of the program and others plainly state that the oceans are in serious danger of becoming acidic.They explain that as the oceans warm,they absorb more CO2,which makes them acidic,and kills off the plankton,etc.etc.
    Do they really believe that? If so,they should not be making any scientific program at all.
    I intend to write to the S,EX,and ask for acorrection to be published.

  6. avro607 permalink
    April 8, 2019 10:25 pm

    Attenborough and his comrades have condemned themselves out of their own mouths.

  7. Grendelgb permalink
    April 9, 2019 7:03 am

    What is his agenda to combat his beliefs? He must have one.

    • Stewart Herring permalink
      April 9, 2019 11:07 am

      His agenda is employment and fame.

  8. George Lawson permalink
    April 9, 2019 10:38 am

    Has anyone forwarded your comments to Netflix Mr Homewood? They should be made aware of the gross inaccuracies of their Attenborough prize catch.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 9, 2019 1:39 pm

      Dear Netflix, I was about to subscribe to your service, having enjoyed my free trial, when I made the mistake of watching the dreadful inaccurate climate programme voiced by David Attenborough. I have joined Amazon Prime instead.

  9. April 9, 2019 12:20 pm

    If he thinks things were “stable” until recently, he needs an introductory course in paleobotany. A basic geology course would also be helpful.

    Here is just ONE example: Some 66 mya, the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction (sometimes referred to as the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event), was a sudden mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth. Talk about unstable…..

    Cretaceous was when the dinosaurs exited stage left which made way for the mammals to flourish (think those little polar bears which came on stage much more recently). Also Cretaceous was the beginnings of the “flowering plants” aka Angiosperms.

    Instability is where you find new species, etc. in response to upheaval. Those with the genetic capabilities arise and those without exit the gene pool.

    • April 9, 2019 8:08 pm

      The instability is the old boy’s own, not the planet’s.

  10. Coeur de Lion permalink
    April 9, 2019 5:14 pm

    In view of the upcoming BBCTV prog on ‘climate change’ I thought they needed a warning – posted through the ‘complaints; portal……..

    A WORD OF WARNING! There will be thousands of scientists watching every pixel of your upcoming TV programme on ‘climate change’ and looking for terminological inexactitudes – to quote Churchill. So here’s a few tips… Polar Bears Quadrupled since we stopped shooting them in the 1950s. See Crockford and GWPF Great Barrier Reef Flourishing See Ridd vs Cook University ongoing and DON’T upset the Australian Tourist Board! See recent adaptivity papers. Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Drought, Fires Floods. No change See IPCC AR5 NASA/NOAA Arctic Ice More than in 1935. Summer minimum stable for 12 years. See NSIDC. Sea Level Rise See the Newlyn Tide Gauge. Check Pacific coral islands. Ask Nils Axel Morner. Do please show the famous pair of Battery Point Photos! 7ins a century. PLEASE don’t do Miami AGAIN! it’s tectonic not SLR! Acid Oceans Ocean is heavily buffered alkali.and can’t be anything else. Discuss Ph. Global Temperature. Discuss UHI effects. Ominous cooling in many parts of the world. The ‘hiatus’. Was 1940 hotter? CO2 Discuss mismatch between CO2 rise and global temperature. 1970 Ice Age Scare, scientists’ letter to Pres USA. There’s a whisper down the wind that you are parading Prof Michael E Mann of Pennsylvania U – he of the ‘climategate’ scandal and the ‘hockey stick’ fraud. I hope you will point out to his credit that he is a Nobel Prizewinner, but don’t get entangled with Mann vs Steyn as Mann is very litigious. I hope that’s been helpful Do run some scary TV pictures of the horrifying 19th century Oregon forest fires – oh, sorry. This may be your last chance to combat charges of ‘climate change’ bias, so grab it!

    • George Lawson permalink
      April 10, 2019 10:24 am

      Excellent post. Was the letter actually sent to the BBC?

  11. tom0mason permalink
    April 9, 2019 6:11 pm

    Same Attenborough nonsense different channel.

    • April 10, 2019 11:57 am

      Sort of like the little ditty: Second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a whole lot worse?

  12. Rachel Mead permalink
    April 9, 2019 9:18 pm

    The future of the planet is unknown.. This ice is probably the remains of the great ice and earth’s is simy taking its course although scientists have studied cc etc however this I believe is earth’s cycle we do not know what’s in store for the next faze of earth’s future.. I’m sure animals and humans will become extinct and so on another billion years the earth will look different.. Scientist only predict and speculate and calculate the past.. The future is not known

  13. Coeur de Lion permalink
    April 10, 2019 6:41 pm

    Oh yes George Lawson it was sent to the BBC. We should use the complaints portal far more and fill in the boxes saying you want a reply. You’ll get self-exculpatory boilerplate but keep at it.

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