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Attenborough’s new attempt to scare people about polar bear extinction and walrus deaths

September 15, 2020

By Paul Homewood



Susan Crockford is on the warpath over Attenborough’s latest load of twaddle:



In a new book and Netflix film, Sir David Attenborough again presents false information about future polar bear survival and walrus deaths.


From the brink of extinction in the 1960s, global polar bear numbers have grown roughly three to four times what they were then. None of the 19 subpopulations have gone extinct despite unexpectedly low summer sea ice levels for the last 14 years (Crockford 2019) and their official range across the Arctic is as broad as it was 200 years ago. The claim that reduced summer sea ice in general leads to poor health of females and poor cub survival does not hold up to scrutiny: while it appears to have been true for Western Hudson Bay using old data, it is strongly contracted by recent data from studies in the Barents and Chukchi Seas (Crockford 2019, 2020). Apparently, Sir David Attenbourough accepted without question the newest implausible prediction of future polar bear survival but couldn’t manage to tell the story without exaggeration. And despite being called out on the lie that Pacific walrus in Russia were falling to their deaths due to lack of sea ice, he is flogging this false narrative again because it fits his agenda. This latest film is simply more in a long line of others which Attenborough has used to frighten children and adults alike about polar bears and the Arctic. Since it is already clear that virtually everything Attenborough is peddling about polar bears and walrus is false, why would anyone believe his claims of irreparable environmental destruction – or more importantly, allow impressionable children to watch this new film?


Full story here.

36 Comments leave one →
  1. grammarschoolman permalink
    September 15, 2020 7:15 pm

    Are you going to have a go at his BBC extinction programme as well, Paul?

    • mjr permalink
      September 16, 2020 9:13 am

      see my posting on the About page . I also asked this as the programme is full of holes
      Also, as there are now the usual problems with fires in California , BBC last night repeated the documentary from last year
      which again blames the fires on global warming

      • ianprsy permalink
        September 16, 2020 9:44 am

        Also gleefully “reported” on Sky News. Trump “denying climate change”. What a contrast with Sky Oz.

  2. 2hmp permalink
    September 15, 2020 7:26 pm

    There is no accounting for senility

  3. Geoff B permalink
    September 15, 2020 8:23 pm

    As soon as I see pictures of Polar Bears in a climate change article….I know it is false…Grantham Trust use them all the time……say no more.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    September 15, 2020 8:28 pm

    It has been clear for years that the iconic polar bear was close to becoming extinct solely because of recreational hunting. Once that was stopped they rapidly recovered and are now present in large numbers.

    2012: “Terry Audla, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, says that when it comes to really understanding how healthy the polar bear population is, it makes no sense to pit the feelings and hunches of far-flung conservationists against the direct observations of local people who deal with the bears all the time. As far as overhunting goes, says Audla, “if you’re reliant on something as a source of food, you’re going to make darn sure that you’re keeping that source healthy.” When you live in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, it’s hard to give a lot of weight to a conservation organization in southern California or a worldwide endangered species treaty that is signed in Qatar”

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 17, 2020 12:23 pm

      In Jim Steele’s book Landscapes and Cycles he tells how the views of those who actually live in the Arctic around polar bears were just swept aside. The reason was that they were contradicting the alarmists and undermining their polar bear poster child.

  5. September 15, 2020 8:32 pm

    The BBC will have a lot to answer for when the day of reckoning comes, which it surely will.

  6. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 15, 2020 9:04 pm

    Number One: Attenborough is the personification of what is meant by ‘sock puppet’. And well-rewarded for being so.
    Number Two: As all alarmists are keen to insist of sceptics, why not publish a peer-reviewed paper? To which the obvious answer screams out to be heard: Has Attenborough published in a serious paper?
    On a personal level, I wonder just how much of he has been influenced by his late and much appreciated actor-bother, Richard – who dealt very much in fiction (perhaps a family trait)?

    • jack broughton permalink
      September 15, 2020 9:27 pm

      Forget peer reviews, Harry, they are now all “pal-reviews”. The mighty media is controlled by the believers right throughout in the UK. Even his slavering paper would be published in Nature etc… Susan Crockford would get zilch published in the UK: non-PC.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        September 15, 2020 9:45 pm

        Plus ONE, Jack.

    • September 16, 2020 9:45 am

      Brilliant and insightful. Thank you.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 15, 2020 10:19 pm

    Even the local BBC news is indulging in climate/extinction scare segments now. Today we were told climate change was going to wipe out the Dormouse which has been around for 40(?) million years. They never actually said which Dormouse they were talking about, I presume the native Hazel.

    The reasons for the decline of the Hazel Dormouse are well known and understood. Indeed they were mentioned in the article, but they kept trying to associate the decline with climate change – ‘erratic winter weather’ waking them when there is no food.

    The problem is of course loss of ancient woodland, and fragmentation of, and small size of, and unsuitability of habitat, of new woodland.

    Importantly, the UK is already marginal for their natural range. “Several species of small mammalian hibernator reach the limits of their distributional range in Britain.”[English nature research report 166, 1996]

    Dormice struggle in the climate north of Shropshire (i.e. it is too cold), but have no issue east/west across the UK – the west likely to suffer far wider swings of temperature in winter? Which rather makes the climate change angle sound spurious. I cannot believe that in a healthy wood a mouse could not find sustenance in mild winter weather anyway.

    Oddly Ireland had no native dormouse, but hazel dormice were discovered in County Kildare in 2010 and appear to be spreading rapidly, it is suggested – helped by the prevalence of hedgerows in the Irish countryside.

    Of course you have to go back to before the climate change obsession to find real science and truth, in 3 PDF parts found via google:-

    “English nature research report 166, 1996 – status and woodland requirements of dormouse in England”

    Yes climate is an issue, but only because it is already too cold north of Birmingham, in theory climate change should extend their range North!

  8. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    September 15, 2020 10:36 pm

    Attenborough’s article is a hodgepodge of the usual alarmist exaggeration and disinformation, for instance:
    “On April 26, 1986, reactor number 4 of the nearby nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, exploded, sending radioactive material across Europe and causing the premature deaths of an estimated hundreds of thousands of people”.
    In fact 31 people died as a direct result of the Chernobyl accident; two died from blast effects and a further 29 firemen died as a result of acute radiation exposure (OECD).
    WHO estimates of the eventual deaths related to Chernobyl range from 4,000 – 9,000.
    A paper by Fairlie & Sumner (2006) estimated up to 60,000 but that figure is an outlier from a confirmed ‘radiophobic’ and anti-nuclear activist (Fairlie) that Attenborough is probably citing, naturally.

    • Matt Dalby permalink
      September 16, 2020 10:36 pm

      The biggest causes of death after Chernobyl were suicide and alcoholism, both obviously caused in part by alarmist propaganda and poor science. We’re already seeing a rise in “eco-anxiety”, hardly surprising given the relentless scare stories peddled by environmentalists and their stooges in the media. How long before this leads to actual suicides? When will people realise that very often we have nothing to fear except fear itself? In my opinion this also applies to Corona Virus.

  9. bobn permalink
    September 16, 2020 12:45 am

    A big problem is these climate alarmists wont engage in debate, and are actually incapable of debate or rational thought. Unfortunately my local County Councillor is now from the Green Party. He made some silly statements (no surprise), so i wrote him an email detailing how his claims were false. Of course I included facts, data and graphs in support and all with attached references.
    His Reply.
    “I do not accept that your opinion has any standing against my professional training, knowledge and experience.”
    These irrational Green alarmists have closed minds. They are incapable of reasoned thought. That’s alarming. It really is like talking to a house brick. An exceptionally arrogant brick.

    • mjr permalink
      September 16, 2020 9:20 am

      did you check what his “professional training, knowledge and experience” amounted to?. I once worked with a guy who was a green councillor and even stood for mayor . Nice guy but he had no “professional” background or qualifications in any scientific area
      It is like we have shown on here about the BBC environment reporters. No scientific background, degrees in english etc ,

      • bobn permalink
        September 16, 2020 9:58 am

        I am checking. He hasnt filled in his bio on the Council site – strange? Found on linked in. He says former consultant psychiatrist.Doents list academic studies. Probably just a nurse. I’ve got him on my target list. Not just because he’s a Green watermelon,he’s also useless as a County Councillor – all platitudes and done nothing. Mind you that may be good since he wants to do stupid things but is too hopeless to even push for them.

  10. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    September 16, 2020 7:55 am


  11. Phoenix44 permalink
    September 16, 2020 9:13 am

    Its abundantly clear the BBC simply doesn’t care about facts. Or at least specific facts. Climate change is real so the Arctic must be disappearing so polar bears must be under threat. Its the simplistic reasoning of children, unable to comprehend that biological systems are highly complex and often non-linear.

    They have behaved in the same way with economics for decades, but unlike Climate Change are unwilling to convene a seminar of experts who would undoubtedly say that left-wing/socialist economics have long been shown to be bunkum.

    • grammarschoolman permalink
      September 16, 2020 9:19 am

      ‘Its the simplistic reasoning of children’

      Just like the simplistic reasoning that is now making Edinburgh University cancel its greatest philosopher because one possibly dodgy statement in an obscure footnote means everything about him must be completely bad.

  12. James L. Neill permalink
    September 16, 2020 9:29 am

    Whether or not the latest program from Sir David closely resembles solid male bovine biological waste product the climate emergency propaganda outlets spread. Facebook now has a “Climate Science Information Centre” page/tab. As for the science part I am depressed!

  13. September 16, 2020 9:47 am

    The other issue with the failed polar bear adventure is that it is based on the failed ice free arctic adventure.

  14. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 16, 2020 10:15 am

    If only the alarmist BBC had been around to save the extinct cave bear from the climate!

  15. CheshireRed permalink
    September 16, 2020 6:56 pm

    Nobody has yet explained how a smaller sea ice pack makes it harder for polar bears to catch seals.
    Logic dictates a larger ice surface area would be harder for a bear to cover while in search of dinner.
    Conversely a smaller area must make it easier to locate and catch seals.
    Therefore how does a smaller sea ice area cause polar bears to starve and populations to fall?

  16. A C Osborn permalink
    September 16, 2020 7:48 pm

    The problem is that Dr Crockford is not a Polar Bear “Scientist” because it is not her Job.
    So the activist attack her and then her work.
    Whereas Attenbourough is world renowned expert on all things nature and untouchable.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 17, 2020 12:50 pm

      What as in a ‘zoologist’ as opposed to a ‘degree in geography’.

      Thikipedia has ‘Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, and how they interact with their ecosystems.’

      So Dr Crockford is better qualified to study polar bears than ‘climate scientists’ but of course is an honest person so produces truthful papers that contradict the alarmists so has to be shut down. In the comment below it says she doesn’t appear in social media. Given how the communist alarmists control that Dr Crockford would most likely be shut down and I think social media is overrated as a means of communication.

  17. Jackington permalink
    September 16, 2020 8:27 pm

    The problem is Dr Crockford does not appear on “social Media” so is never heard by the masses. No disrespect to your amazing blog Paul but neither are you – we are all pissing in the wind here; even GWPF.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      September 16, 2020 9:22 pm

      When Booker was alive Paul did get in the MSM, he also appears in a lot of comments.
      But as you say it is not enough.

  18. john cooknell permalink
    September 16, 2020 9:32 pm

    Behold! the heroes of the BBC have feet of clay.

    Here is some environmental advice from another BBC knighted Saint.

  19. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 16, 2020 11:22 pm

    Things are so desperate marginal heatwaves need to be declared for slithers of the UK!

  20. Athelstan. permalink
    September 17, 2020 9:25 am

    beware the nigh extinct old buzzard attenborough, gone all flustered and messianic nutter.

  21. saparonia permalink
    September 17, 2020 12:45 pm

    My advice to everyone is, Throw Out the TV. We don’t need them anymore. I got rid of mine years ago. Heaped them in a corner, left for a couple of weeks, nobody complained, took them to dumpit. 🙂

  22. September 18, 2020 2:42 am

    The Attenborough piece says a good deal more than just polar bears.

  23. john permalink
    September 19, 2020 12:09 am

    The BBC think covid 19 is caused by humans not taking care of nature.

    My jaw dropped to the floor when this bit of saint David’s epistle was broadcasted.

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