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Justin Rowlatt’s Fake Wild Weather Programme

November 6, 2021

By Paul Homewood


The BBC has broadcast a full length Panorama episode, “Wild Weather: Our World Under Threat”, narrated by Justin Rowlatt.

Needless to say, it is no more than propaganda, cherry picking a few events:



The introduction tells you all you need to know, with Rowlatt stating:


“The world is getting warmer and our weather is getting ever more unpredictable and dangerous. The death toll is rising around the world”

For a start, thanks to advances in meteorology, our weather is actually becoming far more predictable.

As for it becoming more dangerous, with death tolls rising, the opposite is true:




The programme loses all credibility a minute later, when the totally discredited Michael Mann is wheeled on.

The blurb lists the “climate” disasters which Rowlatt covers, so let’s pick these off one by one:




US heatwaves and wildfires

First of all, heatwaves in the US used to be much more severe than lately. And we are not just talking about the 1930s, as the 1910s, 1920s, 1950s and 1980s all saw heatwaves greater than in the last few years.



This figure shows the annual values of the U.S. Heat Wave Index from 1895 to 2020. These data cover the contiguous 48 states. An index value of 0.2 (for example) could mean that 20 percent of the country experienced one heat wave, 10 percent of the country experienced two heat waves, or some other combination of frequency and area resulted in this value. 


As for wildfires, they used to burn five times the acreage:




As Bjorn Lomborg explained, the real problem is the building of new homes in fire risk areas:


Floods in Germany

The area flooded this summer has regularly been flooded in the past, and there is no evidence that climate change had anything to do with it at all.

Contrary to claims of record rainfall, the 24-hour rainfall was between 100mm and 150mm in the region:



This compares to the German record of 353 mm:




And a German study last year could find no long term trend in heavy rainfall days there:



A plague of mice in NSW

Rowlatt must be getting desperate to include this item!

Apparently the mice thrived because of plentiful summer rain this year, which led to record crops.

Rowlatt makes a particular issue about the switch from drought to rain, as if it were something unusual in Australia. In fact that is the norm there, and rainfall this summer in NSW was not in the least unusually high. Nor was the drought which preceded it unusually severe:


Summer Rainfall - Anomaly for New South Wales/ACT

Financial year (July to June) Rainfall - Anomaly for New South Wales/ACT 

Dust storms in China

Once again, a perfectly normal occurrence is portrayed as climate change, without any evidence being offered whatsoever.

In fact a study in 2003 found that dust storms in China had declined between 1950 and 2000:



Famine in Madagascar

Finally there’s the famine in Madagascar, which is ludicrously labelled “the world’s first climate change-induced famine. “

The actual data however shows that agricultural output, although down from the record set in 2012, is running at a higher level than any other year:



Madagascar’s real problem is population growth, doubling since 1990.

According to one project, the real problem is the lack of land available for farming, which is critical when population has doubled in the last thirty years. They also point out that Madagascar has always been highly exposed to natural disasters, but because of overfarming, the soil erodes and loses fertility:





Naturally Rowlatt travels to all of these exotic locations to film a few minutes of video. But BBC emissions don’t count, do they?

  1. Mack permalink
    November 6, 2021 9:51 am

    Nicely done Paul. I sense another complaint flying in to BBC HQ.

    • mothcatcher permalink
      November 7, 2021 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Paul.
      A very effective demolition job. Difficult for me, even acting as devil’s advocate, to pick holes in.

      Might I suggest that EACH misrepresentation by Mr Rowlatt be subject to an individual, and VERY SPECIFIC complaint to the BBC. Poss some of your denizens would be capable of playing a part in this, so the whole burden does not fall upon you.(They’ll have to make sure they get it right, and stay right on subject – no general discursions).

      I feel that several different, but well researched, complaints would be better than a general complaint about the whole programme.

      I have been astonished by the brazen way Rowlatt plays fast and loose with the truth. He and his collaborators don’t seem to think they even have to gets bits of it right anymore. Sheesh!

      • EppingBlogger permalink
        November 8, 2021 4:59 pm

        I have some indirect knowledge of the BBC’s complaints handling procedures. They outsource a lot of the work of drafting responses and usually give very little away in their first response.

        Responses are delayed until the last possible moment before their deadline expires. That stretches out the process and many complainants cannot be bothered to go back to get a better answer. If the BBVC misses its deadline it has no incentive to answer for montyhs because late is late.

        It is essential to make complaints as precise as possible and to do the same with follow ups as the BBC will try to move the question ontio something else that it finds easier to defend.

  2. November 6, 2021 9:52 am

    Difficult as it is to believe, but Justin Rowlatt has displaced Roger Harrabin and Matt McGrath as the number one BBC liar when it comes to the climate change scam. They must be really upset that has stolen their limelight as the chief propagandist.

    I have given up watching or listening to anything on the BBC until FLOP26 is over and its abject failure has become history.

    Incidentally, there is an interesting article in the Spectator about the BBC’s rewriting of the history of the Climategate scandal in its two TV and radio programmes.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 6, 2021 6:52 pm

      AB Welby was properly taken to task for comparing lack of action on CC with ignoring the Nazis. Sadly he has missed the fact that the BBC has acquired all the propaganda skills of the Third Reich.
      Our children are being drowned in a whirlpool of CC nonsense that will leave long-lived scars in their lives to come – most especially when they are freezing in their ECO-cabins (which we used to call homes) because they can’t get the state to heat them – or allow them to live where they like!

      • November 7, 2021 3:01 pm

        ‘Be careful what you wish for’ springs to mind. Relying on the utterances of myopic climate doom cherrypickers is not a good strategy.

  3. Denis permalink
    November 6, 2021 10:00 am

    You have not mentioned rising sea levels in the Artic forcing relocation of settlements. The implication of the BBC report was that sea levels in the artic are rising quicker than elsewhere. Is this the case and if so why.

    • November 6, 2021 10:50 am

      Rowlatt had a piece on yesterday’s 1 o’clock news showing his visit to Shishmaref, Alaska. Of course the erosion of the island was blamed on climate change, when it is nothing of the sort. I discussed it at length in Denierland, but the upshot is that Shishmaref is on a barrier island (Sarichev). This means that not only is it only a few metres high at highest elevation, but that it consists of unconsolidated material ripe for erosion. In fact the Seward Peninsula, of which Sarichev is part, is a 200 km-long conveyor belt of littoral transport, with constant deposition and erosion on all the islands (what used to be called longshore drift).

      This cycle has been going on since the year dot. Originally the island was a temporary seasonal home to nomadic First Nation people, so that the exact location didn’t matter and the constantly shifting islands caused no harm to anybody or anything. Only when you build permanent structures in such places do you create problems with erosion.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      November 6, 2021 11:55 am

      These settlements have been covered elsewhere.
      They were the native’s summer camps. The US government didn’t want them carrying on with their informally educated, nomadic existence, so if they wanted to continue receiving their handouts, they needed to settle down & build schools etc.
      Sea access was necessary to get building materials in, so the summer camps became their permanent homes.
      These summer camps are built on shingle & sandbars, so are subject to erosion, longshore drift & where they were built on permafrost, having warm buildings caused it to start melting.

  4. Julian Flood permalink
    November 6, 2021 10:04 am

    Paul, you are using facts and logic to argue against quasi-religious belief. WUWT that been trying that for decades. It doesn’t work. The task is not made easier by the bias and ignorance of the MSM.

    Look online for the image of Michael Gove gazing adoringly at Ms Greta Thunberg as he sits at her feet. There’s your problem.

    How to fight? Human interests, lived blighted, ruined or lost because of climate fanaticism would be a good place to start. Look for No to Sunnica, a group fighting the UK’s biggest solar blight. Compare the inadequacy of the product to the UK’s energy problems. Compare the damage done by the Sunnica development to the only solution to the coming energy crisis, the Bowland shale which is vetoes by the crusty Greens, and ask who are the Nimbys now?

    Sleaze: go after Gummer. Sleaze is headline material at the moment and the doings of the CCC should be carefully examined. The hint of sleaze peppered over a power cut story (darkness is coming) would be worth a thousand facts.

    Let me declare an interest. Our village has pumped sewage and a prolonged power outage, while good for the garden as the sewers overflow, would be a major irritant. Again.


  5. Malcolm Johnson permalink
    November 6, 2021 10:15 am

    No use complaining to the BBC about bias when the head of BBC now says that Climate Change and Net Zero is NOT POLITICAL but is SCIENCE.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 6, 2021 10:47 am

      I’m only surprised he didn’t say, ‘The science’!

  6. George Lawson permalink
    November 6, 2021 10:21 am

    The BBC always seem to shoot themselves in the foot. In a programme last week covering the ‘increase’ in flooding across Britain and the rest of the world, The flooding of the Somerset Levels of 2014 was covered extensively towards the end of the programme. It did not occur to the producers that all the local knowledgeable people where saying that the cause of the flooding was the lack of dredging of the water courses over previous years for ‘environmental reasons’. and providing the local authorities continue to dredge the local rivers there would be no further flooding. The Somerset Levels have ironically not flooded since 2014 – seven years ago!

    • Ian Wilson permalink
      November 6, 2021 11:14 am

      The problem of flooding on the Somerset levels was tackled with dynamic action by Owen Paterson who organised dredging and brought in Dutch advisers and pumping equipment. As you rightly say, the levels haven’t flooded since. His reward? The sack from David Cameron, possibly at the instigation of his Greenpeace activist wife as Owen Paterson was one of the few MPs to stand up to the green mafia. Do we see deja vu with another prime minister’s spouse?

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        November 6, 2021 11:55 am

        Yep. The drowning of all the wildlife and destruction of levels agriculture was solely due to mad greentards at the environment agency refusing to maintain drainage built a thousand years ago.

      • Phil O'Sophical permalink
        November 6, 2021 5:11 pm

        He always was far too decent, practical and effective. Showed up rest of the losers pretending to be grow-ups. But they have now got him in the end.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 6, 2021 5:52 pm

      The Levels have always flooded. In Saxon times kings hid there from the Danes as they were largely inaccessible.

  7. November 6, 2021 10:52 am

    Unfortunately ‘climate change’ has become a religion and you cannot use logic or facts when dealing with a religion.

    • November 6, 2021 5:11 pm

      @johnfromcabanyal of course you can use logic and facts when dealing with a religion; the same brain and reasoning faculty ought to be used to develop and defend science as to develop and defend religion. What may be true is that some religious adherents (just as some non-religious adherents to be honest) don’t know how to use logic or reason.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        November 6, 2021 5:55 pm

        Most religions, including Christianity, rely on faith. Faith is the opposite of reason. And its actually a bit ignorant to say its tge same brain. You don’t have one brain but multiple brains all doing different things, with conscious, frontal cortex control only rarely. Care to reason your brain to change your heart rate?

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        November 6, 2021 7:03 pm

        Dermot, remember, there were many religionists prepared to burn at the stake for their religion. Rather them than me.

  8. CheshireRed permalink
    November 6, 2021 11:12 am

    If you have the evidence to counter each individual claim, I’d strongly suggest you launch another formal complaint.

  9. Bill Hutchison permalink
    November 6, 2021 11:21 am

    As I am sure many of you are aware, there is a petition to “Hold a referendum on whether to keep the 2050 net zero target”. I have signed but with only about 14,500 signatures I think it is too early to be successful. We will have to wait for power cuts, prolonged very high energy bills and a cold spell before Net Zero registers with Joe Public.
    Direct complaints to the BBC are unfortunately achieving little. Might it be an idea to organise a petition on BBC Climate Bias. The aim would be to direct attention to the problem which the Daily Mail might then be persuaded to cover.

    • Phil O'Sophical permalink
      November 6, 2021 5:27 pm

      This agenda is being pushed by much greater forces. I would not trust another referendum to be tamper free, especially after the globalists’ Brexit bloody nose, and on a key lever of their plan.

      They were up to their tricks again in New Jersey. In keeping with the red tide sweeping the country, one county was showing 100% votes counted with a Republican win, when most people went to bed. Machines shut down in the wee hours and everyone one wakes up to the Democrat leading and only 87% of votes counted. They got away with it in the Presidential election, but this time it is so flagrant hopefully they will be called out.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        November 6, 2021 6:55 pm

        Quite right!! Well said.

  10. Devoncamel permalink
    November 6, 2021 11:24 am

    Could this by any chance be the same Justin Rowlatt seen ranting at the PM a few days ago? He appears more like an agenda driven activist rather than an objective journalist.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 6, 2021 5:57 pm

      He is exactly that. No journalist under 40 thinks they should be anything other than an activist. That’s why grey became journalists.

  11. Devoncamel permalink
    November 6, 2021 11:52 am

    Off topic perhaps but couldn’t resist this.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      November 6, 2021 3:38 pm

      This deserves publicity if the poll showed 95% rejection!

  12. Post BREXIT permalink
    November 6, 2021 11:57 am

    Today will see 1000s of eco-loons marching calling for Govt action on Climate Change.

    However, there is no clear consensus of what they actually want the Govt to do other than ‘fight Climate Change’.

    The BBC One Show ran a poll over the past week asking what people are willing to give up in the fight against CC,

    The results were ridiculous with the Food category being the biggest vote winner, with ‘waste less food’ being popular and nowhere near the crazy ideas of banning flying, going back to the dark ages………. the eco-loons want.

    The Green blob have a long way to go yet to convince the silent majority that ‘we’re all doomed’.

  13. Vernon E permalink
    November 6, 2021 1:03 pm

    Just been watching Rowlatt’s oppo on BBC “London Calling”, David Shukman, the Beeb’s Science Editor (since 2012) banging on about pollution. Eton and Durham, graduate in Geography. Enough said?

    St Greta was mentioned above. In my opinion she is the bell-weather to what is behind all this nonsense. In reality she is the puppet (and a very good one) of some powerful forces. Do we think she jets and yachts around the world’s conferences on her pocket money? She is sponsored, scripted and rehearsed by those who want anarchy to precede a new world order. How clever to get her to use the f-word in public. This is an endorsement to swearing by young people esp girls. She announces her “one night stand”, endorsing casual sex among young people esp girls. All too pat to be coincidental. Its all linked with UN Agenda 30 for Sustainability (which is thinly disguised Marxism) and the Davos/Rockefeller lot. Be warned.

    • mjr permalink
      November 6, 2021 6:29 pm

      bell weather? don’t you mean bell end? (and i agree with everything you say about her).
      And a moment of pedantry … it is actually bellwether – a wether was a castrated ram that leads a flock of sheep …. so that would would apply to the PM rather than Greeter

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 6, 2021 6:59 pm

      This is so much of what they are doing now: confusing the public – mainly the young – that ‘carbon’ = pollution.
      WUWT have a post where a PhD scientist has said that the world needs to have ZERO CO2!!!

  14. Mal Fraser permalink
    November 6, 2021 1:27 pm

    If I remember correctly it was the EU who introduced a directive the UK foolishly took on board to stop the dredging of the Somerset levels. And yes the now pariah Owen Paterson was involved in resurrecting the dredging, in fact he seemed to be an excellent minister with some understanding of the needs of the rural community’s and agriculture. His rewards…. the sack! Now we’ve got more mindless graduate fastracker polititions who have no knowledge outside of schools and colleges.

    • Vernon E permalink
      November 6, 2021 2:41 pm

      Sorry Mal, dredging the Somerset Levels was a secondary solution. Mainly, also detected by Owen Paterson, was the recognition that the sluice gates (the levels are below high tide level) had been abandoned to dis-repair by the environment Agency.

      Apologies for earlier error. As Chaswernertoo’s earleir post reminded me it is the Rorthschilds not the Rockefellers leading the U N Agenda 30 activity.

  15. LeedsChris permalink
    November 6, 2021 1:43 pm

    As for dust storms in China I remember from my school geography that Northern China is famous for its deep and extensive Loess soils – which are formed from metres of accumulations of millennia of regular dust storms and winds blowing from the arid interior and Mongolia.

  16. Brenda permalink
    November 6, 2021 4:46 pm

    From my mother’s book on our life in Peking (now Beijing) before we were taken prisoner

    “Most of the rickshaws had linen covers, some much cleaner and tidier than others, and always the cloth duster which was frequently produced and flicked about to remove dust. Peking being such a dry climate dust was everywhere. I disliked it intensely and especially the dust storms which blew dust through every nook and crevice and after a storm the windowsill inside would be layers deep in it. The house boy went round the main rooms at least twice a day with a well oiled mop and these items were constantly on the weekly account bills.”

    That must have been in 1938. Wonder what it’s like now.

  17. Tym fern permalink
    November 6, 2021 9:49 pm

    Wouldn’t the graph of Madagascar’s food production be more relevant if it was in tonnage rather than production value $, we cannot tell what is going on as your graph relies on price per ton surely? Production could be stable but price increased.

    • November 7, 2021 9:17 am

      You’d then be adding apples and oranges, but the index is on a fixed price basis

      • Tym fern permalink
        November 7, 2021 11:17 pm

        Ah, I see that’s fine then, thanks or clarification

  18. Bloke down the pub permalink
    November 7, 2021 12:29 pm

    This’ll be the same Rowlatt whose sister was in court for XR activities?
    There was a recent series on tv, sorry can’t remember its title, about actions being taken to tackle environmental problems. These generally being real problems rather than hypothetical cagw sort. One episode focussed on how Chinese dust storms had been created by years of forest clearance and subsequent soil erosion. Central government had paid the farmers to terrace the land and replant trees and a great deal of progress appears to have been achieved in restoring the ecosystem.

  19. cookers52 permalink
    November 8, 2021 6:28 am

    I wouldn’t bother raising a complaint with the BBC management. The BBC management just reflects the views of our democratically elected politicians who have voted through net zero almost unanimously, and Parliament has declared a climate emergency.

    Now net zero means what it says, but the scream from Greta, Justin et al for “change ” just gets louder, but what change they are suggesting is hard to interpret.

    Now religious leaders have joined in, the Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury are giving us the benefit of their belief in all things supernatural. The Archbishop even compared lack of climate action to deliberate Nazi genocide, but he didn’t say what, how or who would be the victims of climate genocide. Nobody challenged him

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      November 8, 2021 9:22 am

      Declaring an Emergency makes it possible for the government to gain greater, more draconian powers. Without any heed to old fashioned ideas –
      like democracy.
      We live in interesting times…

  20. November 8, 2021 9:18 am

    Expect the BBC to latch onto this nonsense…

    Tuvalu minister stands knee-deep in the sea to film COP26 speech to show climate change
    – – –
    Was the tide coming in?

  21. Jane Singleton permalink
    November 8, 2021 7:58 pm

    Remember David Bellamy who said that the climate has always changed on this planet ,and is more to do with the sun and natural events ,rather than anything man is doing ! He never worked again !! The elephant in the room is
    Over population -too many people on the planet !!

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