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The BBC’s (false) prophet of doom–Ross Clark

May 16, 2022

By Paul Homewood

The pressure builds on Justin Rowlatt, as Ross Clark weighs in:




Anyone who watched the BBC‘s Panorama programme on November 3 last year without previously having taken an interest in climate change probably found themselves terrified.

That edition of the Beeb’s flagship documentary series, called Wild Weather: Our World Under Threat, began with the corporation’s climate editor, Justin Rowlatt, telling viewers: ‘The world is getting warmer and our weather is getting ever more unpredictable and dangerous. The death toll is rising around the world and the forecast is that worse is to come.’

Footage of terrible floods, storms, droughts and fires rolled on — with the clear implication that this had all been caused by man-made climate change.

‘It has been a year of extreme weather,’ Rowlatt went on. ‘We have been able to see the impact of climate change all around us.’

Now jump forward to last week, when it was reported that the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) had upheld complaints about two claims made in the programme.


First, it wasn’t true that the death toll from natural disasters is rising. In fact, the opposite is true.

According to, the number of deaths globally from natural disasters has tumbled each decade for the past century, apart from a small blip in the 2000s, from an average of 524,000 a year in the 1920s to just 45,000 in the 2010s — despite a booming global population.

The ECU also ruled that Rowlatt’s claim that southern Madagascar was ‘on the brink of the world’s first climate-induced famine’ was incorrect, as other factors were involved.

Although the ECU didn’t spell out these other factors, the UN has previously blamed last year’s famine partly on Covid restrictions, which prevented seasonal agricultural labourers from working as usual.

But this is not the first time BBC viewers have been misled by the Corporation’s climate editor.

Last December, the ECU had to clarify a claim made by Rowlatt that Britain’s offshore wind is ‘now virtually subsidy-free’.

As was clarified, such a claim may be true of recently installed turbines, but many older models were built under contracts which guarantee them subsidies for many years to come.

Some at the BBC, it seems, are losing patience with their climate editor. ‘The Justin Rowlatt stuff is grim,’ an unnamed BBC source told one newspaper this week. ‘These are not ‘mistakes’; he’s a campaigner.’

Full story here.

  1. 2hmp permalink
    May 16, 2022 9:50 pm

    Campaigner ? That’s not the word I would use.

    • May 17, 2022 7:14 am

      Or “Activist” a term the BBC likes to us which they equate with being a Saint.

  2. Philippa Rosemary Lloyd permalink
    May 16, 2022 9:51 pm

    Just read his comment that ;The stable climate structure of the past is breaking down…a true climate change denier in all his glory – what planet is he living on – not Earth obviously.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 16, 2022 10:09 pm

    He is only doing what his master’s wish.
    If anyone did speak out publicly no doubt they would be sent on a climate education course.

  4. James Andrew Johnson permalink
    May 17, 2022 6:30 am

    he is using the Beeb to further his own agenda against Fossil fuels.

  5. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 17, 2022 7:27 am

    Yet still they cannot point to a single event and say “climate change caused this”. Every event has happened before and all they can claim is its a bit worse or its a bit more frequent. Yet in truth every event can be shown to have natural causes we can easily identify.

    It’s just lies.

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  7. ThinkingScientist permalink
    May 17, 2022 8:34 am

    Daily Mail seems unaware the BBC censorship problems go back to 2006-2007 with the secret internal conference claimed to be attended by “climate scientists” but actually just NGOs and activists. They created the edict that only activist science would be allowed henceforth.

    Read about it under 28gate from Andrew Montford

  8. Richard Jarman permalink
    May 17, 2022 10:26 am

    Interesting to see how the BBC covers this!

  9. Athelstan. permalink
    May 17, 2022 10:48 am

    rowlatt reminds me of that leftwing nutter paul mason, agitator and advocates, no objective reporters are these.

  10. avro607 permalink
    May 17, 2022 11:08 am

    @thinking sci. above-yes,that he did not know of the infamous 28gate,surprised me too.
    The essay by Clark was good,but he failed at the end,when he stated that climate change was a problem..
    Perhaps a corrective e-mail maybe appropriate.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      May 17, 2022 1:19 pm

      Even Ross Clark has to repeat “the litany” as I said on a previous post.

      Otherwise the climate ayatollah’s will be out for his blood.

  11. May 19, 2022 1:08 pm

    Though shalt not bear false witness.
    But the BBC and the PM have got away essentially unscathed.
    Why are they not sacked?

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