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Junk Science Week: Attenborough flogs COP26 ‘tipping point’

July 11, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Susan Crockford has this article in Canada’s Financial Post:



With the United Nations COP26 climate change summit scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, Sir David Attenborough was recently appointed “People’s Advocate” by the British government. In that capacity, he addressed G7 leaders a few weeks ago, stating: “We are now on the verge of passing tipping points, boundaries that, once passed, will unleash irreversible and self-amplifying change.”

Attenborough’s sentiments were taken directly from his latest Netflix production, “Breaking Boundaries,” released in early June, a documentary devoted to an outdated “tipping points” theory that has no basis in reality.

No basis in reality is an Attenborough quality we’ve seen before. Back in 2019, the now official U.K. government promoter of climate alarmism released a documentary titled Our Planet. The scenes in Our Planet were horrific and shocking: one after another, several giant walrus were shown falling off a high cliff to jagged rocks below, their agonizing deaths captured in slow motion. Hundreds of others, their broken bodies panned by the camera, were said to have died the same way. Viewers were told that lack of sea ice had caused these deaths and climate change was to blame.

Marketed as entertainment, it was an unforgettable gut-punch delivered by the renowned BBC broadcaster in a joint Netflix/WWF production seen round the world. Attenborough implied that the climate change explanation was supported by science. I knew it wasn’t. I called him out on it and I wasn’t alone. A controversy ensued.

Seven months later, the BBC corroborated my account. An episode of an Attenborough-narrated television documentary called Seven Worlds, One Planet revealed the extent and scope of the deception in the Netflix sequence. As I’d suggested, polar bears had chased the walrus off the cliff and the Netflix producers had known it all along. Attenborough probably did, too.

However, he found the emotional impact of the falling walrus scene too politically powerful to waste. Attenborough shamelessly narrated six more documentaries with even more outrageous claims about the prophesied harm the world faced if climate change was not addressed immediately, and told members of the UN Security Council that climate change was the biggest threat to global security the world had ever faced. In short, he leveraged the dying walrus narrative to kick-start an uncompromising climate change campaign.

Full story here.

  1. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    July 11, 2021 3:46 pm

    Attenburgh is tamed after the BBC’s disgurting treatment of Sir David Bellamy.

  2. D D permalink
    July 11, 2021 3:50 pm

    Attenburgh is fearful of receiving the same disgusting treatment as was handed out to that great man Sir David Bellamy.

  3. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 11, 2021 4:21 pm

    Pleased to say I helped Susan with this by finding the blogs of Evgeny Basov and Anatoly Konchev (who was advisor to the filiming) and translating their writings, and looking at the EXIF data in the images they posted to establish a timeliness of events.

    The extent of the lying by Attenborough and team was truly shocking.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 11, 2021 6:44 pm

      Very big tick vg IDAU! Well done!

    • John Hultquist permalink
      July 11, 2021 6:48 pm

      Thank you.

    • Andrew Wilkins permalink
      July 11, 2021 10:01 pm

      Good work fella.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    July 11, 2021 4:36 pm

    ‘Peoples’ Advocate’, eh? Who the hell voted for him? I’m ‘of’ the PEOPLE and I certainly didn’t!
    He can say and claim any damn thing he likes knowing full well he won’t be obliged – by the Grim Reaper – to stand behind anything he says.
    He’s a fraud. Worst of all, he’s being used by fraudsters.

    • Gamecock permalink
      July 11, 2021 10:21 pm

      STFU. Attenborough represents you. You don’t get to decide. What do you think you got there, a democracy?

      If you had a surf board, could you ride these tipping points, this ‘self-amplifying change?’ The wave has existed for 30 years. What makes Attenborough different from Harold Camping? At least Camping had the decency to die after making ridiculous claims.

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    July 11, 2021 5:46 pm

    There is a fundamental problem about this ‘tipping point’ alarmism. If it’s carbon dioxide that is blamed for tipping global warming, then nothing can be done as CO2 will continue to rise at say 2ppm a year as it has done for the last thirty. COVID de-industrialisation changed nothing – the Maona Loa graph looked at in high detail shows an astonishing lack of change. Nothing Attenboro says is going to stop the building of a thousand fossil fuel power stations by developing nations. So we must look elsewhere for our salvation. Golly, could that be s low figure for ECS?

  6. Ian Wileon permalink
    July 11, 2021 6:23 pm

    Here’s another instance of sloppy journalism – Jeff Prestridge, Personal Finance Editor of the Mail On Sunday, writes “green investing….is a welcome trend in a world where evidence of frightening climate change is everywhere”.
    I have e-mailed him asking, where exactly? (plus a few more constructive comments.)
    If anyone else fancies commenting on his piece, his address is

  7. David Wojick permalink
    July 11, 2021 6:58 pm

    The more they hype COP26, the better. It will make the bust all the bigger. Mind you hitting the wall of nothingness makes no sound.

  8. John Hultquist permalink
    July 11, 2021 7:02 pm

    On the site – –

    There is this statement: “Some questions over Mr Prestridge’s intelligence have been raised as of late as he continues to be the only journalist of a national newspaper who writes ongoing articles about ‘copycat websites’.”

    Seems Jeff P has a general issue regarding intelligence.

    There is this, also: ” Some of his skills listed on his LinkedIn profile include reputation management and story telling.”

    Story telling!
    A good story teller is hard to find. Maybe there is a better career choice for him if he can break away from the Climate Cult.

  9. July 11, 2021 7:51 pm

    Being the worst kind of climate propagandist will not be a good epitaph for the Attenborg.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      July 12, 2021 8:45 am

      At least Dr David Bellamy can sleep well at night.

  10. Graeme No.3 permalink
    July 12, 2021 6:02 am

    I see that the COP26 Conference is in early November rather than a month later as usual.
    Are they worried that very cold weather might be “the tipping point” for the public derision?

    • Colin permalink
      July 13, 2021 12:55 pm

      In October 2008 Parliament were debating how to solve Global Warming, and outside the snow was lying on Westminster Bridge. Needless to say, the legislators were completely oblivious to this, they truly do cognitive dissonance in a big way. I anticipate similar blindness, should COP26 be snowbound. And if Al Gore turns up it’s a dead cert!

  11. Phoenix44 permalink
    July 12, 2021 7:47 am

    How likely is it that our climate scientists spotted the danger just well enough in advance for our politicians to act time to act before we reach these tipping points?

    As ever, narcissists thinking they are geniuses because they hold their opinions.

  12. David Wild permalink
    July 12, 2021 10:48 am

    DT is the latest to be taken in on the “do it [NetZero] now before the radicals do” kick: by Tim Stanley. He warns: the inevitable change in our climate, now horribly underway, is going to legitimise bits of the Left that hitherto were considered extreme.
    His killer blow is 500 deaths in Lytton, Canada, and its incineration by wildfire due to 49.6C temps recently. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but is sure is easily grabbed by the warmists!

  13. tom0mason permalink
    July 12, 2021 1:18 pm

    Addledborough has reached his fear-mongering tipping-point …

    The world watches as he was recently appointed the “Sheeple’s Advocate” by the UN approved ‘British government’. In that capacity, he distressed G7 news manipulators a few weeks ago, stating: “I’m now on the verge, the verge of mentally passing a tipping point, a boundaries that, once passed, will unleash irreversible and self-amplifying madness.”
    Then his face grimaced as his voice took on a remarkable loud, gruff, high-pitched wailing of “Nurse! Nurse get me out of here before the GREAT CATASTROPHE starts!”

    There fixed it 🙂

  14. JCalvertN(UK) permalink
    July 13, 2021 10:41 am

    While on the subject of Junk Science, have you seen this in Nature?
    Main Headline; “Climate change made North America’s deadly heatwave 150 times more likely”
    Secondary headline: “Rising global temperatures probably contributed to a week of record-breaking heat in Canada and the United States.”
    (I like the contrast between “150 times more likely” and “probably”)

    • Jordan permalink
      July 16, 2021 5:43 pm

      This is par for the course these days JCalvert. Its the work of the WWS (

      This is what the Nature article says:
      “A group of 27 scientists with the World Weather Attribution (WWA) project rushed to analyse whether global warming had influenced the likelihood of such an intense heatwave occurring in the region.
      Their analysis reveals an unambiguous footprint of human-caused climate change. The team compared the observed heat with maximum daily temperatures predicted by climate models, including simulations of temperatures in an atmosphere unaltered by the effect of rising greenhouse-gas concentrations. They concluded that the global average temperature increase of 1.2 °C since pre-industrial times made the extreme heatwave at least 150 times more likely to happen.”

      That’s what the WWA does – it rushes out statements about real world events and climate, based on the tired old ruse of believing what the models (i.e. a collection of their own assumptions) say about the event. An unquestioning media outlet will then report these claims, prefixed with “scientists say”.

      The WWA method rests on the assumption that models, with designed-in sensitivity to CO2, will accurately represent the statistics of natural variability when the recent rise in CO2 is omitted.

      Their assumptions and methods get a huge wide gaping yawn from me.

  15. Colin MacDonald permalink
    July 13, 2021 12:47 pm

    George Monbiot’s latest piece in the Guardian is titled “How the BBC let climate deniers walk all over it”. For a change comments are allowed, and there is not even a murmer of disagreement with this. I really despair sometimes.

  16. Ray Sanders permalink
    July 13, 2021 4:42 pm

    These days the Guardian is read by the dregs of our society. I recently saw this comment (apologies to those reading but this is to demonstrate a point.)
    “Fuck right off again. You did this you pompous wankmuffin.”
    I reported this to the moderation team for gratuitous foul language but it was not removed. So a while later I reported it again also with no action. So I reported again (using a similar style of foul language as the original post) as a reason. A while later when I looked again it came up “reporting has been disabled from this IP address”. They demonstrably defended such vile hate speech.
    The Guardian represents a cancer on our society and is actually the most bigoted, obnoxious and also completely unrepresentative rag ever produced and is, in reality, an irrelevance that in the real world would (and should) go bust.

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