John Humphrys is at it again

This morning on BBC 4's Today programme, presenter John Humphrys released a highly misleading news bulletin stating, 'The Met Office does not believe that global warming will be as severe as it had previously predicted.' He later expanded that, 'The Met office has revised downwards its projections for climate change through to 2017... (and) the recent slowdown will continue.'

Before we all breathe a collective sigh of relief, Roger Harrabin, the BBC's Environmental Analysist, finally explaned 'The Met Office says natural cycles have caused the recent slowdown in warming...(and) mainstream climate scientists say that once the natural cooling factors change again temperatures will be driven up further by greenhouse gases.'

Humphrys' initial comments, released on prime time radio, can easily mislead members of the public to believe the threat of climate change to be lessened. In response, the Campaign has contacted the Met Office, which shares our concern at the miscommunication and has published a response on their website; however, this one does not mention the BBC at all.

Back in September, CCC created a petition urging George Entwistle (now the ex-director of the BBC) to take responsibility for the BBC's coverage of topics regarding climate change. Join us again by raising your voice against Humphry's misleading statements by completing the BBC complaints form here

If you want to hear the news broadcast yourself, please search forward 2 hours:

Steering Group Announcement

Dear Friends,

Many of you will be aware that Phil Thornhill has resigned as the Coordinator of the Campaign against Climate Change. Phil’s contribution has been immense. He founded the Campaign 12 years ago and it became a major player in putting climate change on both the UK political agenda and in the forefront of activists’ minds.

Phil has now decided to step down from the Campaign. We want to thank him for all the selfless work he has done. We and his many friends hope he will stay involved in climate change issues in some way.

The Steering Group is working on its annual strategy and planning for the coming

. We will be presenting our proposals to the Campaign’s members at our AGM, set provisionally for Saturday, 2nd March and will be inviting you to submit any resolutions early in the New Year (details to follow). 

As usual we will elect a new Steering Group at the AGM and always welcome new committed members if you wish to consider standing. We have arranged for the office to be fully staffed from now until the AGM at which point new positions will be advertised.

We hope you can join us at the Climate Bloc action (see link here) outside Parliament from 5.30pm this Wednesday, 19th December to make a noise for an energy system that serves the people and the planet and to oppose the disastrous Energy Bill.

Finally our seasonal greetings go out to you and your families this Christmas as we look forward to an enlightened New Year.

Campaign against Climate Change Steering Group