Telegraph Scrapes the Bottom with Latest Climate Scare


By Paul Homewood

h/t Paul Kolk

It is sad to see how far the Telegraph has declined since its days as a serious newspaper:

The media seem to be having a competition to see who can print the biggest pile of BS about climate change!

I won’t bother copying this latest rubbish from the Telegraph – it’s the usual claptrap about wildfires, droughts, floods and typhoons, as if none of these had ever happened in the past.

But almost to a man, the commenters have had a field day, tearing this drivel to pieces; for instance:

There are a couple of comments about Bill Gates and his Global Health Security outfit. Sure enough, at the bottom of the article is this:

Click on the link, and you get this:

In short, the Telegraph has prostituted itself to Bill Gates’ billions. Despite its protestations about full editorial control, there is no way the paper would have published such ill researched, manifestly fake news in the past, when it could rightly lay claim to being a serious newspaper.

And if you want proof of this, just look at the author of this article, Harriet Barber:

Ah! Human rights, violence against wimmin and the refugee crisis. That obviously makes her a qualified expert on climate!

Her co-author, Verity Bowman, is , as some surmised, still in her twenties, and like Barber has no real world experience in these or other matters:

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September 16, 2023 10:07 pm

It’s disgusting how the climate ambulance chasers waste no time in weaponizing a tragedy that had nothing to do with CO2 levels for their political goals and to sell clicks.

September 16, 2023 10:21 pm

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, Climate ‘Science’, and then there’s ‘Climate Journalism’.

September 16, 2023 10:43 pm

Californy weather worriers could of course legislate to get rid of their dire climate risk immediately-
California sues oil giants for downplaying risks posed by fossil fuels – NYT (
Just walk the talk folks.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  observa
September 17, 2023 5:33 am

sue a company for its opinions?

September 16, 2023 10:48 pm

Scraping the bottom of the barrel. !

Feels like home to them !

Paul Hurley
Reply to  bnice2000
September 17, 2023 5:36 am

I pity that poor barrel!

Chris Hanley
September 16, 2023 11:30 pm

Human factors certainly did contribute to the tragedy in Derna including poor infrastructure maintenance, conflict and failed government.
Paraphrasing the World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal:
‘Tunisia’s climate varies due to the country’s diverse geography, which can be divided into three regions.
Rainfall varies by region in the southern semiarid to arid areas drought can be frequent while the coastal region experiences floods.
While in aggregate no significant change in annual precipitation was observed from 1901 to 2013, over the past 30 years, average annual precipitation has decreased by about 3%‘.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Relief Reduction has an article “The failed dams in Wadi Derna in Libya” that discusses previous disastrous floods in 1941, 1959 and 1968 “the 1959 flood appears to have been particularly catastrophic”.
Two poorly maintained dams collapsed one upstream of the other causing the flood.
The article adds the obligatory piety: “clearly the rainfall associated with Storm Daniel was extreme – over 200 mm has been reported. This large total might have exceeded the design capacity of the structures. It will be interesting to see whether this total can be attributed to climate change“.

Bob B.
Reply to  Chris Hanley
September 17, 2023 3:23 am

“It will be interesting to see whether this total can be attributed to climate change”

Of course it can, just ask any alarmist.

Reply to  Bob B.
September 17, 2023 7:55 am

As every good alarmist knows, weather was perfect prior to the evil CO2 being added to the atmosphere.

Alexy Scherbakoff
September 16, 2023 11:34 pm

Auditions for Global Village Idiot.

Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
September 17, 2023 3:17 am

Auditions? Look like they already have the job !

September 17, 2023 12:52 am
Reply to  JohnC
September 17, 2023 1:07 am

“”…there’s potential for an unstoppable feedback loop of…””


Reply to  JohnC
September 17, 2023 3:17 am

Actually , it is probably about the same as 1966, according to historic records.

Certainly there is absolutely no evidence of any human causation.

September 17, 2023 1:04 am

It’s the Telegraunigraph

Nuff said

Rod Evans
September 17, 2023 2:03 am

As a subscriber to the Daily Telegraph, my comments there would have also ridiculed their nonsense article. Unfortunately, I am personally banned from commenting on the Telegraph, they have shadow banned me for over two years and refuse to allow my comments onto the public screen.
The Paper is now owned by the Lloyds Banking organisation because the past owners couldn’t keep up the overdraft payments….apparently. As I am also a Lloyds bank share holder I will be asking a question at the AGM about the cancelling of open public opinions in their Newspaper division.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Rod Evans
September 17, 2023 3:04 am

I can’t comment on it because I don’t pay any subscription. I can, however, read it by disabling JavaScript…:-)

Back in the day Geoffrey Lean and some clueless bimbo – Louise Gray? – were paid to write climate dross, but the Telegraph openly let them go because they didn’t generate any advert income.
Geoffrey has found a sinecure at the Guardian, – who’da thunk it?and Louise seems to have melted into snowflake obscurity muttering rubbish about ‘my year in the vegetable garden‘ etc.

The ‘paid to lie about climate’ clique is well known. Arm’s length organisations like the Renewable Energy Foundation are ‘charities’ supported by ‘donations’ from renewable energy companies, whoprivide them with board members as well, to tell lies and publish fraudulent press releases that are fed to the MSM and conduct policy studies based on false data that are used to formulate government policy. Being arms length, if and when they are caught telling porkies, no action against their sponsors can be taken…

It is a classic example of ‘state capture‘ . Done in the oh-so-subtle and plausibly deniable European way…

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 17, 2023 5:39 am

“The ‘paid to lie about climate’ clique is well known.”

A very witty writer ought to apply for the job- and really crank up the alarmism another order of magnitude and see if they like it. With even more craziness, more people might wake up to the insanity. Though I’m not sure how to top “the oceans are boiling”- “the planet is boiling”- we’ve even seen recently how the climate emergency is effecting the solar system- I guess we’ll have to go galactic.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Leo Smith
September 17, 2023 9:53 am

In my observation the Renewable Energy Foundation have been quite critical of renewables.

Perhaps you meant Renewables UK?

Gregory Woods
September 17, 2023 3:05 am

What comes next: “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”

September 17, 2023 3:48 am

What do the DT editorial group not understand about Gates’ stated aim to “vaccine” the planet and achieve a 15% reduction in global population. David E Martin has explicitly and in great detail exposed Gates’ long term, prior to 2020, involvement in the SARS COV2 scam – these people cannot be ignorant of the “noise” surrounding Gates, so they must be complicit. To say nothing of the reputational damage – do they give a toss?

How can the DT write about their “Global Health Security” including coverage of “the growing threat of bio-terroism” – FFHS are they kidding, do they REALLY believe this tripe – being in bed with the key bio terrorist himself?

Reply to  186no
September 17, 2023 6:58 am

Global population is slowing on its own as families realize that their children aren’t dying young, as in the past.

Sean Galbally
September 17, 2023 4:20 am

Most of the media are now mainstream and scared of their own backsides. If the truth is not part of their agenda they avoid it like the plague. Discussion between opposite views now rarely takes place. We now no longer live in a democracy. We are told what to do and and think whether it is justifiable or not. It is totalitarianism.

September 17, 2023 6:42 am

I keep tellin’ Billy Gates (smartest guy in the world) to add earthquakes….and wars to the list….over 400,000 dead in Ukraine …… blame it on CC….and earthquakes come from temp rises…yeah that works……and why not throw in inflation?…..and my sore back?

Jim Masterson
Reply to  antigtiff
September 17, 2023 8:22 am

I believe they have already blamed tidal waves on CC, so it’s a natural progression.

September 17, 2023 8:32 am

Happily the increasing press hysteria is no more than an acknowledgment by the green blob that they are losing the propaganda wars, and losing badly.

It doesnot add up
September 17, 2023 9:43 am

It’s very encouraging to see increasingly well informed comment debunking these false narratives. One of the more important planks in undermining them is this kind of Samizdat in MSM comments. It does spread virally.

It’s also important to ensure that criticisms are accurate, cogent and easily understood and propagated. That’s a major benefit of the honing of the debate that takes place at this site.

Forcing politicians and regulators to be aware by submitting consultation responses and policy evaluations is also useful. Again, accuracy and cogency are vital.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  It doesnot add up
September 17, 2023 9:48 am

That assumes you are dealing with an honest politician which I believe is an oxymoron.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Jim Masterson
September 17, 2023 11:27 am

Even the dishonest politicians get to remember when they find themselves in a hole of their own making. Of course, their first reaction is to try to dig another one. But a number of the submissions remain on the public record.

Take the Royal Society sudden discovery that the UK might need 100TWh of hydrogen storage, after years of the Climate Change Committee pretending the need is an order of magnitude smaller. Essentially they got around to replicating my work that I reported on in government and OFGEM submissions years ago. The message got home.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  It doesnot add up
September 17, 2023 5:46 pm

“dishonest politicians”

You’re being redundant.

I’m not sure how I should take this. You’re using a pseudonym and that prevents us from properly perusing your work. Of course, I’m not on this site often, so you may be known by your correct ID to others here.

September 17, 2023 12:39 pm

How long before they start limiting comments?

Andy Pattullo
September 17, 2023 3:11 pm

We were among the first to warn of an approaching pandemic”

Are they saying the predicted CoVID? So did they know about the gain of function research taking place in the WIV with sponsorship from the US and other nations, and the incopetence of WIV staff in maintaining biohazard security? Did they predict the leak of a virus from the Wuhan lab that was engineered to be highly infectious to humans (in contrast to the usual new zoonotic infection spread from wild animals to humans where human spread is highly inefficient)?
Did the predict the incompetent political and “expert” strategies to address CoVID that destroyed business, jobs, families, education, and social norms while relying on measures with nearly no proven value?

Or, as is more likely, did they just make one of those generic “the end is nigh” predictions knowing full well that something bad was always going to happen in the future and they would be able to claim clairvoyance when it did?

If they knew the origins of CpVID and the corruption that lead us there then they were complicit. If not then they didn’t predict anything of substance.

Epping Blogger
September 17, 2023 9:52 pm

The DT has been a waste of time for a few years now. Speccie has gone the same way. No point in subscribing.

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