Falling Walruses: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Deception

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By Paul Homewood

 

 

The GWPF have just issued this press release regarding yesterday’s episode of David Attenborough’s latest series:

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Back in the spring, he was accused of deceiving viewers when he claimed, in his Netflix show Our Planet, that walruses were falling off Siberian clifftops as a result of climate change.

This was shown to be untrue by Canadian biologist and mammal expert Dr Susan Crockford, who described the abundant scientific literature, dating back many decades, showing that walruses have always taken to the land, and even fallen from clifftops. She also pointed out that the footage Attenborough used to make his case seemed to have come from a well-documented incident when walruses had been driven over cliffs by polar bears.

Yesterday, in his new BBC documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough again showed falling walruses, but this time making it quite clear that polar bears were…

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Hiking The Appalachian Trail

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Hiking The Appalachian Trail

I?m in Washington DC for a few days, and spent yesterday morning hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Purcellville, Virginia.

This building at White?s Ferry, Maryland shows the high water mark for some recent floods on the Potomac.

That part of Virginia is home to a future rock star of weather and climate, whom I had the pleasure to meet yesterday ? Chris Maartz. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisMartzWX

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Falling Walruses: Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix Deception

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London, 4 November: Sir David Attenborough finds himself at the centre of another scandal over deceptive filmmaking.

Back in the spring, he was accused of deceiving viewers when he claimed, in his Netflix show Our Planet, that walruses were falling off Siberian clifftops as a result of climate change. 

This was shown to be untrue by Canadian biologist and mammal expert Dr Susan Crockford, who described the abundant scientific literature, dating back many decades, showing that walruses have always taken to the land, and even fallen from clifftops. She also pointed out that the footage Attenborough used to make his case seemed to have come from a well-documented incident when walruses had been driven over cliffs by polar bears. 

Yesterday, in his new BBC documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough again showed falling walruses, but this time making it quite clear that polar bears were driving them off…

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Feeding the mysterious

Tracy Abell

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom.
We feed them and tame them and think we know them.
And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious.
                                                                              ~ David Attenborough

House Finch. November 1, 2019.

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