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David Attenborough becomes latest celeb to get COVID-19 vaccine

David Attenborough becomes latest celeb to get COVID-19 vaccine

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Sir David Attenborough has become the latest national treasure to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.The naturalist and broadcaster has received his initial jab, following in the glamorous footsteps of Dame Joan Collins and the Queen at the weekend. Follow live COVID-19 updates from the UK and around the world Other stars to have been vaccinated include actor Sir Ian McKellen, 81, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 80, entertainer Lionel Blair, 92, and singer Sir Tom Jones, 80.Attenborough, 94, has previously spoken of the "immense suffering" caused by the pandemic, but also raised concerns that the crisis would take concentration away from the issue of climate change. ...
Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

Attenborough: ‘Curb excess capitalism’ to save nature

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir David Attenborough says the excesses of western countries should "be curbed" to restore the natural world and we'll all be happier for it. The veteran broadcaster said that the standard of living in wealthy nations is going to have to take a pause.Nature would flourish once again he believes when "those that have a great deal, perhaps, have a little less".Sir David was speaking to Liz Bonnin for BBC Radio 5 Live's new podcast 'What Planet Are We On?'.Listen to the podcast on BBC SoundsSpeaking personally and frankly, Sir David explained, "We are going to have to live more economically than we do. And we can do that and, I believe we will do it more happily, not less happily. And that the excesse...
Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on ‘Earthshot’ prize

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on ‘Earthshot’ prize

Science
Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have joined forces to launch what they hope will become the "Nobel Prize for environmentalism".They say the search is on for 50 solutions to the world's gravest environmental problems by 2030.With £50m to be awarded over a decade, the "Earthshot Prize" is the biggest environmental prize ever.The Prince said he wanted the planet to be handed over to future generations "in a better state than we found it." Anyone could win, said the Prince, as he called for "amazing people" to create "brilliant innovative projects".These, he said, could help save the planet.To mark the event BBC Radio 4's Today Programme has secured an unprecedented exclusive joint interview with the Prince and Sir David. ...
Sir David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction

Sir David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens this weekend with a landmark new production.The tone of the programme is very different from his usual work.For once Britain's favourite naturalist is not here to celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth but to issue us all with a stark warning. The one-hour film, Extinction: The Facts, will be broadcast on BBC One in the UK on Sunday 13 September at 20:00 BST. "We are facing a crisis", he warns at the start, "and one that has consequences for us all."What follows is a shocking reckoning of the damage our species has wrought on the natural world. Scenes of destructionThere are the stunning images of animals and plants you would expect from an...
Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Sir David Attenborough says fixed-term parliaments lead to lack of climate focus

Science
The UK's fixed-term parliaments could see politicians failing to prioritise climate change, veteran naturalist Sir David Attenborough has suggested.He told the first citizens' assembly on climate having a five-year government leads to a lack of long-term planning.The 110-strong assembly in Birmingham will meet over four weekends to examine options for how the UK can meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.Sir David said he was "extremely grateful" to those taking part.It is hoped their recommendations - to be published in April - will help inform Parliament and the government on policies to reach net zero emissions.Sir David said one of the problems with Parliament having a fixed length of five years is that the effects of climate change may only be felt...