BBC Climate Editor Made False Claims on Global Warming–Mail


MAY 10, 2022

By Paul Homewood

Good to see that the Mail has picked up on the Rowlatt story.

I contacted them last week with the tip off.

I gather it is also in the Times.

BBC Panorama documentary about global warming made a number of false claims, an internal investigation by the broadcaster has found.

The programme Wild Weather, presented by climate editor Justin Rowlatt, said deaths worldwide were rising due to extreme weather caused by climate change – whereas the opposite is true.

It also claimed Madagascar was on the verge of the first famine caused by climate change – despite other factors being involved.

The programme, broadcast last November to coincide with the COP26 climate conference, sparked two complaints investigated by the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU).

Last year Rowlatt’s sister Cordelia was among a number of Insulate Britain activists arrested for staging a protest at junction 3 of the M25.

Miss Rowlatt, who once appeared on TV advising her brother on how to be more environmentally friendly, pleaded guilty by post at Crawley Magistrates’ Court. She was fined £300 with £85 court costs and a £34 surcharge for committing a public nuisance on a highway.

The introduction of Wild Weather said ‘the death toll is rising around the world and the forecast is that worse is to come’. The ECU said this risked giving the impression the rate of deaths from extreme weather-related events was increasing.

In fact, as noted by a recent report from the World Meteorological Organisation, while the number of weather-related disasters – such as floods, storms and drought – has risen in the past 50 years, the number of deaths caused by them has fallen because of improved early warnings and disaster management.

BBC News said ‘it accepted the wording in the programme was not as clear as it should have been and a public acknowledgement was put on the BBC’s Corrections and Clarifications website before the complaint reached the ECU’.

The ECU said this was appropriate but ‘an oversight meant the programme was still available on BBC iPlayer without a link or reference to the published correction, and for that reason the complaint was upheld’.

The ECU also considered the language used in the programme about drought. It agreed the evidence showed southern Madagascar had suffered lower-than-average seasonal rainfall in recent years, and that climate change was one factor contributing to famine in the country.

It also noted the reporter’s language mirrored that used by the UN’s World Food Programme.

But the ECU added: ‘The statement that Madagascar was on the brink of the world’s first climate-induced famine was presented without qualification, whereas other evidence available prior to broadcast suggested there were additional factors which made a significant contribution to the shortage of food.

The complaint was therefore upheld.’

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Tom Halla
May 10, 2022 6:03 pm

PBS would never issue a retraction.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 10, 2022 8:45 pm

Speaking of the PBS NewsHour in particular, I had to update my count tonight of their egregious bias favoring IPCC / NASA / NOAA-associated scientists vs skeptic scientists:

NewsHour Global Warming Bias Tally, Updated 5/10/22: 96 to 0

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Russell Cook
May 10, 2022 8:54 pm

Isn’t that what you would expect given the consensus among scientists?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 9:43 pm

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus.

Consensus is the business of politics. 

Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. 

In science consensus is irrelevant.

What is relevant is reproducible results.

The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science.

If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus.


~  Michael Crichton 2003

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Redge
May 10, 2022 10:29 pm

And that quote just shows how ignorant Michael Crichton was about how science works and progresses. How many scientists wake up each morning and think, “I had better check Newton’s law of gravitation today, then tomorrow I will perform an experiment to check Maxwell’s equations and then the next day see if electrons are particles and waves etc etc.” Or do they start each day trusting in consensus science and start their research where it breaks down? There is no practical way that any reseacher could prove for themselves all the previous results in their field without wasting decades of their most productive time as scientists. Science is all about consensus. Why do you think nearly all people disbelieve in cold fusion without every having done an experiment to disprove it?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 10:55 pm


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Rod Evans
Reply to  Redge
May 10, 2022 11:36 pm

The greatest lesson we learn from ancient philosophers is, we have learned nothing in 2500 years that will save us from organised ignorance.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 11:16 pm

So. Everything that was believed yesterday MUST be believed today? Anything newly found MUST be ignored because what we believed yesterday is still sacrosanct?

Year Zero
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 11:26 pm

Thank you for that contribution Izaak as having just read this article I was under the impression that a BBC reporter just made up false claims about the effects of climate change in a BBC produced documentary. Having now read your comment it is now clear that he errrrr didn’t?????

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 12:04 am

Welcome to the Holocene Inter-Glacial, far better than one of those chilly Ice-Ages, now one of those really would kill millions of Humans, not to mention lots of wild life!!! Now I wonder how that giant fusion reactor up in the sky is doing, is it showing signs of bursting into life?

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 12:12 am

You are missing the point. There may be an appearance of agreement of most scientists on matters to do with CAGW. That is because its become one of those things that you don’t publicly question.

But take something much more important and immediate. Take the question of whether the Administration’s policy of moving the grid to wind and solar is doable, and if so at what cost. Ask power company engineers.

You’ll find the answer is no, or that what it will take to do it is so outlandish that its in effect impossible.

There is increasing realization also that for one country to decarbonize while China, India and the rest of the world increase at current rates will have minimal effect on global emissions and none on global warming.

As to consensus in science, Crichton’s point was not what you are representing. The point is that the argument for any scientific proposition simply from agreement is not valid.

We do not question Newton’s laws when arguing about the motion of the planets because they are not at issue. But if we were to question Newton’s laws as a subject in itself, the fact that everyone accepts them would rightly be considered irrelevant. The discussion would immediately focus on the evidence. That is how AGW must be treated. Its an interesting hypothesis, now what is the evidence?

There is one more issue. When it concerns a matter, like AGW, that is quite remote from first principles, and has to do with hypotheses about how the system works, and what it will do next, rather than what the laws of nature are, the fact that everyone currently agrees is especially neither here nor there.

They used to agree that miasma caused malaria and cholera. AGW is a theory at the same level of removal from basic well established science. Its not first principles. Its about how the machine works. If you like, its more engineering than science. If you want another example consider when doubts were raised that HIV really does cause AIDS. The reply to the doubters was not to claim everyone believed it did. It was to put forward the evidence. Similarly this is what must be done with AGW.

Ian Smith
Reply to  michel
May 12, 2022 12:21 am

People have booked holidays 10 years in advance to see solar eclipses based on predictions by Newton’s laws. They never have been found wanting.

Cruises have been endangered and expeditions to the poles abandoned due to flawed predictions by AGW scientists.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 2:06 am

Newtons ‘law’ of gravity is a theory which has not yet been falsified, so it remains a useful tool.

As does any other scientific theory. That’s why they are called theories. They are not considered the finished article.

They do not form a ‘consensus’.

You have no idea how the scientific method works, do you?

Richard Page
Reply to  HotScot
May 11, 2022 12:14 pm

Newton’s law of gravity was a theory that was superseded by Einstein’s general relativity theory which is, in turn, being proven and refined by direct observation of gravity waves. Nowadays Newton’s law of gravity is seen as a rough approximation and not very useful when doing precise calculations.
That, in a nutshell, is how science advances and progresses – a gradual refinement and improvement over time.

Reply to  Richard Page
May 11, 2022 3:21 pm

I was answering the question posed, in the terms it was posed.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 3:41 am

Maybe you should read a little from Richard Feynmann to understand just how stupid and ignorant your comments are.

“You are the easiest person to fool”

(So don’t try to fool us)

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 3:54 am

Izaak says:”… law of gravitation…”

You don’t seem to understand the meaning of word LAW in science.

You also don’t understand the word reproducible.

It is becoming clearer why you post the things you post.

Dave Fair
Reply to  mkelly
May 11, 2022 9:25 am

There are always “LAWS” in science, that is until someone like Einstein comes along.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 4:48 am

That’s all very well, but CAGW is a dodgy hypothesis with currently no empirical proof. Hence it should be checked every day, or more usefully, written off as twaddle.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 4:50 am

I take it you still believe in the existence of phlogiston. After all, it’s existence was once a consensus amongst scientists.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 4:53 am

When I drop a pencil on the floor I’m pretty convinced that Newton got it right. When I see 50 years of failed predictions from climate scientists I’m less inclined to trust in their work. Why do you trust people who’ve been getting it hopelessly wrong for half a century?
If you can’t remember all their failed predictions, try this little link:

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 6:06 am

It was once the scientific consensus that land masses are static and do not move. It was once the “scientific consensus” that the earth was the center of the solar system. It was once the “scientific consensus” that malaria was caused by bad vapors from swamps. Etc, etc, etc…

Mike Sexton
Reply to  Rah
May 11, 2022 11:51 am

Hmmmm lots of failed consensuses there

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 6:53 am

Which is exactly why Gallego couldn’t discover gravity. Because he was a afraid of Astrology, ge couldn’t look into the observable fact that the tides are controlled by the relative position of the sun and moon. Thus, afraid to buck the consensus, he couldn’t see reality … granted, being seen as researching astrology could get one’s neck stretched in his day … which come to think of it, isn’t so different from today, now is it.

Reply to  Lil-Mike
May 11, 2022 7:02 am

It’s Galileo, but otherwise you are correct.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 6:59 am

There are mountains of hard, physical evidence for Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation and for Maxwell’s Equations. The evidence came first, before the consensus.

There is precisely zero evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 9:21 am

Izaak, your ignorance of history and science is manifest in regards to, at least, cold fusion:

1) Fleischmann and Pons’ original paper on cold fusion was peer reviewed, where many experimental mistakes slipped through. Sound familiar, Mr. Mann?

2) They refused to release the exact details of their setup. Sound familiar, Mr. Mann?

3) There were some fraudulent “studies” that purported to duplicate their work. Sound familiar, Mr. Marcott?

4) Experiments are ongoing, with Google having spent $10 million by 2019, with no publishable results to date.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 10:01 am

Well, throughout the centuries, most, if not all, consensus science was wrong, primarily because most just wanted to be “with the crowd”. It only ever took one to disprove them all.

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 11:49 am

Actually that is how many of us learn science in school: we repeat experiments in school labs, and we verify that the laws we are taught are consistent with the experiment. I certainly did this for elements of Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell’s equations and illustrations of wave/particle duality of electrons: I repeated the Millikan experiment too. Not even university level stuff in my day. Of course, we have to learn these laws in order to be able to apply them in further endeavours.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 4:56 pm

There is no practical way that any reseacher{sic} could prove for themselves all the previous results in their field without wasting decades”

Climate and medical researchers have boxed themselves into an impossible corner. So much research has been proven false that a top doctor now suggests:

Richard Smith, a long-time editor of the British Medical Journal, was a cofounder of the Committee on Medical Ethics (COPE), for many years the chair of the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee, and a member of the board of the UK Research Integrity Office. Last year he best summarized how we should treat medical research… “It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary”.

False research, bogus conclusions are causing scientists to disbelieve published research.
“It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary”.

That is caused by your heroes using spurious statistics to enable their fake results.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 9:58 pm

Exactly what is this “consensus” everybody is talking about, Izaak? Did you notice that there is no specificity when the word “consensus” is bandied about?

Do a majority of atmospheric physicists agree that there will be significant warming in the foreseeable future? Do a majority of meteorologists agree that extreme weather events are becoming more intense or increasing in frequency?

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 10, 2022 10:30 pm

the consensus is the same one that Russell was referring to. IPCC associated scientists v skeptics. Perhaps you should ask him.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 11:42 pm

Izaak, you pitch the IPCC associated scientists against the group of scientists, you call skeptics?
All effective scientists are skeptics. If they are not, they are not operating as a scientist must.
We skeptics, carry that badge with honour. It is what differentiates us from the herd, from what you might call the ‘consensus’

Reply to  Rod Evans
May 11, 2022 12:41 am

Robert Boyle:
“The sceptical Chymist” (1661) – which assailed the then-current Aristotelian and especially Paracelsian notions about the composition of matter and methods of chemical analysis,
(from online biography )

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 1:44 am

Surely “IPCC associated scientists” is an oxymoron.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 2:12 am

The IPCC is a body devoted to demonising atmospheric CO2. It was in their original remit.

Consequently, this unelected, bureaucratic body actively seek out ‘evidence’ to support that objective whilst ignoring everything else.

We can’t blame them for doing that as it’s in the job description, but it doesn’t make it right or scientific.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 5:00 am

If you want to start quoting the IPCC, try this little doozy from their scientists in 1995:

 At the most likely rate of rise, some experts say, most of the beaches on the East Coast of the United States would be gone in 25 years. They are already disappearing at an average of 2 to 3 feet a year.
Again: why do you believe this junk Izaak?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 9:36 am

Izaak, you didn’t answer the question. Also, are you talking about actual IPCC associated scientists or the politicians that write the summaries? It takes inordinate amounts of reading and analyses, but the summaries often contradict the actual science, not only in the IPCC documents but also in the U.S. National Climate Assessments. Further proof that governments lie; it takes honest science and an impartial press to keep them at least semi-honest.

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. You are skating on thin ideological ice, Izaak.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 10:48 am

@Izaak Walton: One of the hallmarks of far-leftists is their propensity to present false premise arguments in an anti-intellectual manner. In my comment where I posted the link to my updated count of the egregious reporting bias of the PBS NewsHour, I made no such claim that the 96-to-0 figure indicated any sort of science consensus. And — since you apparently never got the memo on it — science conclusions are not validated by a show of hands and science is not done by consensus.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 12:03 pm

So a political body could not possibly have a desired view based on politics or advancing its own power? Would never hire credentialed persons to advance their own cause regardless of facts.

You do know that every syllable of one their reports is parsed by politicians before it is released? That is why it takes so long to come out with their reports,

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 10, 2022 11:59 pm

Yet again, consensus is politics, NOT science!!!

Andy H
Reply to  Alan the Brit
May 11, 2022 1:13 am

If scientists relied on consensus, they would still think there were 4 elements and the Earth was at the centre of the universe, surrounded by crystal spheres.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 2:01 am

What consensus?

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 11, 2022 5:02 am

Izaak, reading the replies to this comment of yours is the definitive example of someone having their backside handed to them on a plate.
You need to up your game Izaak.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Russell Cook
May 11, 2022 12:01 pm

96-0 eh? Sounds impressive, but then PBS NewHour is a voice of reason compared to NPR AnyHour. In fact, I’d bet the latter’s record in favor of alarmist mentions far exceeds that of the Harlem Globetrotters 16,000+ wins against 3 to 6 losses to the Washington Generals.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 12, 2022 9:16 am

A sound bet to make about NPR’s bias. If only the Exxon brothers would send cash in my direction, then I could afford a staff to tally up NPR’s bias figure!

Chris Hanley
May 10, 2022 6:40 pm

“… the number of weather-related disasters – such as floods, storms and drought – has risen in the past 50 years …”.

That statement is also misleading and should read: “… the recorded number of weather-related disasters – such as floods, storms and drought – has risen in the past 50 years …”.
Bjorn Lomborg:
“The problem is that the documentation of all types of disasters in the 1970s was far patchier than it is today, when anyone with a cellphone can immediately share news of a storm or flood from halfway around the world. That’s why the disaster database’s own experts explicitly warn amateurs not to conclude that an increase in registered disasters equates to more disasters. Reaching such a conclusion “would be incorrect” because the increase really just shows improvements in recording”.

May 10, 2022 7:46 pm

Anyone that thinks the cabal that promotes AGW (among other things) hasn’t bought and controlled world wide MSM is naive.

Reply to  markl
May 10, 2022 8:18 pm

Isn’t that the MSM is just happy to be stupid for free, rather than actually having to be bought? There are so many people in general, not just in media, who are desperate to be seen as an environmental champion – even though they end up making the same mistakes as previous polluters, pushing and rushing some new tech or other thing without thinking carefully.

Global warming could be totally like the doomsday crowd says it is and still they are doing the wrong things (wind/solar build out while the tech is in its infancy and with no appreciable storage)

Tom Abbott
Reply to  PCman999
May 11, 2022 7:17 am

“Isn’t that the MSM is just happy to be stupid for free, rather than actually having to be bought?”

I think so. The MSM is more than happy to promote any leftwing idea that comes along. After all, most of the MSM are leftwingers so they look at things from a particular perspective.

Howard Dewhirst
May 10, 2022 7:52 pm

They need to be taken to court when you realise how damaging their lies are

May 10, 2022 8:51 pm

I just love “upheld complaints”.
Welcome to Planet Earth gone mad.

John the Econ
May 10, 2022 9:15 pm

I’m sure that our new Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Specialist is all over this obvious foreign attempt to misinform people.

May 10, 2022 9:38 pm

BBC News said ‘it accepted the wording in the programme was not as clear as it should have been …

Weasel words for “We lied and didn’t think we’d get caught”

Reply to  Redge
May 11, 2022 5:01 am

Indeed. Somebody scripted the programme and selected the wording to use. And the wording they chose would have reflected the message they were wanting to get across.

Peta of Newark
May 10, 2022 9:38 pm

Groan oh no, I missed that.
I was probably too busy eating cake at the time.

<little voice says> “Peta, it might be an idea to buy a TV licence
Peta says: “Take a hike little voice, that means I’d have to get a TV also.

Did ya know, the price of a TV licence used to getya over 110 packs (4 in a pack) of Genuine Lancashire Eccles Cakes = my fave.
Thank you for nothing Boris Bonehead Jonston – a TV licence now only gets 75 packs these days.

While you’re here Boris, you or Carrie will definitely know this:
How many bottles of Vino Gluggio de la Plonka does a TV licence get you?

Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 11, 2022 2:14 am

“Just one, peasant”.

Love, Boris.

Matthew Sykes
May 10, 2022 11:34 pm

I complain all the time, but they never listen to me! Must have been someone ‘important’, like Lawson, or Monkton. So much for eaquality!

Reply to  Matthew Sykes
May 11, 2022 12:50 am

Paul Homewood has been submitting official complaints regularly about blatant misinformation, at times downright lies, from the BBC climate “journalists” (They insult a once respected profession). He is not a member of any elite or wealthy class so far as i know , just an honest , persistent and patient man who finally is being taken seriously by TPTB at the BBC.

Reply to  mikewaite
May 11, 2022 2:17 am

I asked Paul if he could do a little research on how notalotofpeopleknowthat has grown in ‘membership’ numbers over recent years.

It would also be good to understand the same with WUWT.

Especially post coronavirus as people begin to realise they are being conned about everything by governments.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
May 11, 2022 4:38 am

I too complain, although not recently, and have done since the days of Richard Black. I’ve not managed to have the same success as Paul but had a couple of minor victories over wording. Usually after a second comaint when the first was sent to Room 101.
My advice keep complaining and appealing

Reply to  Matthew Sykes
May 11, 2022 10:58 am

I , as well – the one I filed over Radio 4’s Aug 2020 “How They Made Us Doubt Everything, Episode 6: ‘Reposition Global Warming‘ ” broadcast probably ultimately landed in their big virtual circular file this past November. Details here: “Ofcom Complaint

May 10, 2022 11:54 pm

I am not sure that the finding is correct. Is it really true that

…the number of weather-related disasters – such as floods, storms and drought – has risen in the past 50 years..

The number of reported or recorded disasters may have risen – we know about them now when we did not 100 years ago. The number of extreme weather events which have led to a disaster may have risen, due to increased human exposure – more building in more exposed places, a great increase in population and therefore a higher chance of some densely inhabited area being hit by one of the weather events.

But I doubt that there is proper evidence that the number of extreme weather events itself has risen. Paul Homewood for instance has posted a long piece about the weather disasters of the 17c. Go back over European history and you find many extreme weather events. Is there any evidence their number has increased recently?

Reply to  michel
May 11, 2022 2:18 am

Satellites and Doppler radar. Neither of which existed before the mid 70’s.

Rod Evans
May 10, 2022 11:56 pm

If the day ever dawns, when the BBC gives priority to the truth above the priority for their message. That will be the day I listen/watch the BBC.
Until that fateful day comes, I will continue to ignore their nonsense. Their ongoing climate alarm agenda is simply more ‘tumbling walrus’ nonsense.

Reply to  Rod Evans
May 11, 2022 2:19 am

I would rather they just stuck to facts. ‘Truth’ is a matter of opinion.

Robert B
May 11, 2022 1:59 am

The WPF described it as the worst in 40 years last July, and due to climate change. The drought is only in the semi arid Grand Sud.

“The Grand Sud of Madagascar is facing its most acute drought in 40 years, accentuated by the effects of sandstorms, due to three consecutive years of failed rains, army worms and locusts. Between October 2020 and January 2021, less than 50 per cent of the normal rainfall was received in the Grand Sud, causing devastating damages to agricultural production during the main harvest in May-June 2021, with losses of up to 60 per cent in three of the most populated districts (Amboasary, Ambovombe and Ampanihy).” OCHA of the UN. They mention “Madagascar is increasingly vulnerable to the climate crisis” but not so stupid as to blame it on global average going up a fraction of a degree.

The Grand Sud has most of the poorest areas of Madagascar because of poor farming land, so ill prepared to see out a drought.

A picture from 2009comment image

and yet, according to Reuters

“A green island turns red: Madagascans struggle through long drought.With precious few trees left to slow the wind in this once fertile corner of southern Madagascar, red sand is blowing everywhere: onto fields, villages and roads, and into the eyes of children waiting for food aid parcels.
Four years of drought, the worst in decades, along with deforestation caused by people burning or cutting down trees to make charcoal or to open up land for farming, have transformed the area into a dust bowl…”

And yet the capital and other regions in the North had serious flooding in January this year.

May 11, 2022 2:00 am

“And what makes you think you’re suitable for the job of Climate Editor of the BBC Mr. Rowlatt?”

“My sisters and insane greenie who gets arrested regularly”


Ben Vorlich
Reply to  HotScot
May 11, 2022 7:20 am

He’s spent nearly his whole career at the BBC, Ethucal Man since 2006.
Although with 4 children is he doing his bit for climate?

May 11, 2022 5:19 am

I actually posted the information on the BBC “have your say” on the article about “50/50 chance of breaching warming limit”. Surprisingly enough they accepted it.

Reply to  Beagle
May 11, 2022 5:50 am

I also managed to post a snip about WUWT on the BBC and currently that has been approved.

Reply to  Beagle
May 11, 2022 3:26 pm

“50/50 chance of breaching warming limit”?

It’s OK folks, I tossed a coin and won. Climate change is cancelled.

Mumbles McGuirck
May 11, 2022 6:21 am

The ECU said this was appropriate but ‘an oversight meant the programme was still available on BBC iPlayer without a link or reference to the published correction, and for that reason the complaint was upheld’.

This is typical. The Lie gets halfway around the world before the Truth gets its boots on. They’re more than happy to publish corrections on page 12 or on their complaint webpage but still leave the story or documentary published or online. It’s an almost meaningless gesture to acknowledge a lie but leave the lie out there for people to see and believe.

Tom Abbott
May 11, 2022 6:52 am

From the article: “In fact, as noted by a recent report from the World Meteorological Organisation, while the number of weather-related disasters – such as floods, storms and drought – has risen in the past 50 years,”

The numbers are up mainly because of better observations and reporting. A lot of storms in the past were missed because of poor coverage.

Tom Abbott
May 11, 2022 6:55 am

From the article: “The ECU also considered the language used in the programme about drought. It agreed the evidence showed southern Madagascar had suffered lower-than-average seasonal rainfall in recent years, and that climate change was one factor contributing to famine in the country.”

Oh, you agreed about that, did you? Where’s the evidence that CO2/climate change had anything to do with this drought?

Here’s the ECU itself putting out misinformation about CO2.

Who will watch the Watchers?

WUWT will watch the Watchers.

Stuart McCullough
May 11, 2022 7:12 am

The BBC is masterful at amplifying the messages it wants your to hear and dialling down the uncomfortable facts that don’t fit with its narrative.

I wonder what the viewing numbers for this programme are compared to the number of page views for their “correction” buried away in some dark and obscure corner of their website? I’ve tried to find the numbers but haven’t succeeded yet.

The BBC’s much vaunted rules on impartiality must surely disqualify Justin Rowlatt from anything that his sister is so closely associated with.

Andy Pattullo
May 11, 2022 7:42 am

“First climate induced famine”?
What about the little ice age with failed crops, widespread malnutrition, reduced immune function and rampant infectious outbreaks that took away a third or more of the European population? What about all the other cold periods including the forbidding glacial periods where much of the current industrial world would have been under miles of ice? These people are professional liars and intellectually bankrupt.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
May 11, 2022 4:35 pm

536 AD…..the worst year in history….that super volcano caused a huge famine.

Stephen Richards
May 11, 2022 11:20 am

Panorama has always been a ‘ never let the truth get in the way f a good story ‘ It’s their Raison-d’être.

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