OK, yes, I know, how is this news? If the BBC said something accurate and reasonable about climate change, that might be worth commenting on…
Today the IPCC issued another report, Climate Change and Land.
The BBC’s Roger Harrabin wrote an article about it, before the report was released (he was also burbling about it on the radio this morning, and probably has been all day).
The BBC Headline is
“Plant-based diet can fight climate change – UN”
and the following statements are:
“Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.”
“A major report on land use and climate change says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.”
“They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.”
Harrabin’s article seems to be based on his own pre-conceived opinions and those of a couple of people he talked to.
Professional climate spin doctor Roz Pidcock, who used to work for the IPCC, makes this comment, with a direct quote of the relevant section from the IPCC SPM:
The IPCC seems to be recommending a balanced diet including animal-sourced food. Pidcock doesn’t explicitly mention any names, but may well be referring to the BBC’s claims here when she says “more nuanced than headlines suggest”. Since she uses the word ‘urge’, she might be thinking of similar fake claims from Ben Webster in the Times: Eat less meat to save the Earth, urges UN.
In fact there is very little in the report about dietary choices. The one chapter related to food is on food security, and that only briefly mentions meat consumption.
For a more accurate summary of what the report is actually about, see this detailed article at Carbon Brief.
Unlike Harrabin, George Moonbat seems to have actually read what the report says. He is very disappointed that it doesn’t push his agenda strongly enough, and describes it as “pathetic”.
The BBC’s lies continued into the evening, with the 6pm Radio 4 newsreader saying half-way though the programme:
“The main news so far: UN scientists say people must reduce their reliance on meat and switch to more plant-based diets if they want to help reduce global warming.”