Sir David Attenborough: 'This awful summer? We've only ourselves to blame...' - Profiles - People - The Independent
In times of national crisis people naturally turn to authority figures for solutions, which is why recently Sir David Attenborough is being asked about the weather. He's being asked about it a lot. "This preoccupation with the weather is an English disease," he says. "We are always talking about the weather."Twitter / ColRichardKemp: How are all those forecast
Sir David believes the washout summer may be down to climate change. As a credible explanation he points to research by the University of Sheffield which suggests melting Arctic ice has slowed the jet stream, causing it to break into loops which have ushered to the UK unseasonably cold and wet weather systems. And he is convinced humans are the main cause of this.
"There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it," he says. "I would be absolutely astounded if population growth and industrialisation and all the stuff we are pumping into the atmosphere hadn't changed the climatic balance. Of course it has. There is no valid argument for denial."
How are all those forecasts by climate change "experts" about lack of rain turning Britain into a desert or the South of France holding up?Twitter / Attervar: @ColRichardKemp I became m
@ColRichardKemp I became more optimistic when they stopped referring to it as "global warming" when we had a couple of cold years.2006: Global Warming To Create a British Riviera? | Mother Jones
The Guardian brings word of research predicting that, as global warming brings the climate up to a steady simmer, fewer northern Europeans will fly south to seek sunshiny climes. Mediterranean countries will become too hot for lily-white Brits and Germans, while the south coasts of England, Wales and Ireland will experience a tourist boom...
If the threat of melting ice caps, massive population displacements, and species extinctions isn't enough to make people get real about global warming, maybe the prospect of British people (and I speak as one) wearing fewer clothes will. For pity's sake let's get this stopped!