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

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, thi…

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2 thoughts on “No, David Attenborough: Africa hasn't warmed by 3.5 degrees C in two decades”

  1. As much as admire the sainted Attenborough, his programs would improve no end if his advisers/researchers would stick to facts, or at least keep well away from dubious statistics that only go to show the holy-one in a less than angelic light.

    P.S.
    It appears Warren T is having a bad day. (missing the meds?)

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