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No, David Attenborough: Africa hasn’t warmed by 3.5 degrees C in two decades

Home - by - February 13, 2013 - 16:15 America/New_York - 6 Comments


James Delingpole


It’s not often one looks to the Guardian’s environment pages for an incisive and thorough critique of green propagandising. But hats off – really – to Leo Hickman for this ruthless deconstruction of an erroneous claim made by David Attenborough on his latest BBC nature documentary that in the last twenty years Africa has warmed by 3.5 degrees C.

3.5 degrees C in two decades? That would indeed be a remarkable temperature rise in anybody’s money. (Remember, since 1850 global mean temperatures have risen by about 0.8 degrees C – and we’re supposed to find that worrying and significant). Which is why, you might have thought, the BBC would have spotted so obvious an error and removed it before the programme went out.

To his credit, this troubled Leo Hickman, too.

I’d never heard this arresting claim before. If that rate of temperature rise continued over, say, a century, then those parts of Africa would see a deathly rise of 17.5C?! Could that claim really be true?

So began his wild goose chase to track down the source of the BBC’s factoid. As you’ll see from his superb piece he never got a terribly satisfactory answer.

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  1. Kevin R.

    February 13th, 2013

    He traced the claim from one report to another report to a claim made by East Anglia who claimed it was from a Nature article that never claimed any such thing.

    Gotta love it.

    3.5 degrees C in two decades. This didn’t raise any bullshit alarms in those people.

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  2. Tim

    February 13th, 2013

    Nothing more pitiful than a gullible Brit sucking into Al Gore’s bullshit and looking like a complete fool.

    Toddle on off to the Death Panel.

    Chip, chip, cheerio, and all that …

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  3. grayscape

    February 13th, 2013

    3.5 degrees C?? That’s not enough….we want MORE! I heard on MSNBC it was really 10 degrees C a year….and it’s all Bush’s fault.

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  4. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 13th, 2013

    Fucking Haliburton !!!!!!

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  5. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 13th, 2013

    Get away from that man. Froggy!!! He crayzay!!!

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 13th, 2013

    I remember an article in a classified newspaper from the 1990s. The author told of the recent study that showed a 6 degree rise in the planetary temperature in the next century. But because everyone yawned, the study was “redone” and, miraculously, the temperature rise was now 10 degrees!

    With climate change, it can go up 10 degrees or down 10 degrees. They still win because the enemedia only listens to the bleating of liberals.

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