David Attenborough kicked off the show (Picture: BBC)Sir David Attenborough presented a special show to highlight the effects of climate change on our planet, which has garnered an alarmed response from viewers.
Climate Change: The Facts began with Attenborough directly addressing viewers, saying: ‘Standing here in the English countryside, it may not seem obvious but we’re facing a manmade disaster on a global scale.
‘In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined.
‘It may sound frightening but the scientific evidence is, if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.
A graph showing the planet’s temperature rise over the past 100 years (Picture: BBC)‘We’re running out of time, but there is still hope. I believe if we better understand the threat we face, the more likely it is we can avoid such a catastrophic future.’
The show turned to the drastic rise in the planet’s temperature over the past hundred years, with records backed up by the Met Office, NOAA, the Japan Meteorological Agency and NASA.
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Professor Peter Stott, from the Met Office and the university of Exeter, said: ‘We have temperature records going back a hundred years, there are dips and troughs and there are some years that are not as warm as other years, but what we’ve seen is this steady and unremitting temperature trend.
’20 of the warmest years on record all occurred in the last 22 years.’
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Along with highlighting how political leaders have shunned the issue aside to their own benefit, like Donald Trump branding it a ‘hoax’, the show spotlighted the technologies which could change our planet’s future.
One particular hope was the flight of the first electric plane across the English Channel, and with renewable energy sources now becoming more affordable alternatives to greenhouse gases.
The show proved an alarming wake up call to some viewers.
Closing the show, Attenborough says: ‘We now stand at a unique point in our planet’s history. One where we must all share responsibility both for our present well being and for the future of life on Earth.
‘Everyone of us has the power to make changes and make them now. Our wonderful natural world and the lives of our children and grandchildren and all those who follow them, depend upon us doing so.’
You can catch Climate Change: The Facts on BBC iPlayer.
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