Sunday, December 17, 2006
"IN 20 YEARS MUCH OF NORFOLK WILL BE UNDERWATER"
This morning David Attenborough was interviewed on the Andrew Marr programme on the subject of putative global warming & made the somewhat improbable statement that "in 20 years much of Norfolk will be under water". Since sea level has been rising at about 0.6 mm a year since the last ice age & does not appear to have significantly changed recently this would require much of Norfolk to be less than half an inch above sea level now which I do not believe is the case. Indeed historically Norfolk has, for geological reasons, been rising faster than the sea. Even the alarmist BBC have heretofore claimed only 30 cm a century which amounts to 2 inches in 20 years.
I was therefore somewhat surprised when the interviewer never even questioned the remark & finished the interview calling Mr Attenborough, whose basic claim to fame is as a BBC spokesman an "icon", which clearly put a BBC seal of approval on it.
If it really is the case that the BBC are officially promising us that Norfolk will largely be underwater by 2026 I will have to accept that as the sort of ridiculous propaganda which represents the very highest standards to which the BBC aspire. If it is not the case you will, on the more traditional BBC practice of leaning "neither towards political partiality nor towards impartiality" be eager to have somebody informed to put the case, on a similar length & similarly friendly interview, that such claims are wholly untrue & merely represent to lack of scientific integrity with which the whole Catastrophic Warming case & its media presentation is riddled. I would suggest Professor Fred Singer, Professor David Bellamy, Professor Mike Jackson or Bernie Peiser would be interesting new interviewees on BBC.
I'LL LET YOU KNOW IF THE BBC REPUDIATE THIS NONSENSE