David Attenborough warns climate change is Earth’s ‘greatest threat in 1,000 years’

Sir David Attenborough has warned Earth could be destroyed and the human race wiped out if global warming isn’t tackled urgently.

The iconic broadcaster claimed climate change is the greatest threat to the planet in thousands of years and said the science has never been clearer.

Sir David, 92, issued his starkest warning yet about our future existence ahead of a BBC TV show tonight called Climate Change: The Facts, where he’ll join other experts to discuss the issue.

Sir David Attenborough has issued his starkest warning yet about global warming amid mass protests wreaking havoc across London

Sir David Attenborough has issued his starkest warning yet about global warming amid mass protests wreaking havoc across London

Sir David Attenborough has issued his starkest warning yet about global warming amid mass protests wreaking havoc across London

His comments come as chaotic protests wreak havoc in London. Pictured: Climate change activists block the Waterloo Bridge with their vehicle during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Thursday

His comments come as chaotic protests wreak havoc in London. Pictured: Climate change activists block the Waterloo Bridge with their vehicle during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Thursday

His comments come as chaotic protests wreak havoc in London. Pictured: Climate change activists block the Waterloo Bridge with their vehicle during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Thursday

‘Right now we are facing our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. At the current rate of warming we risk a devastating future,’ he told the Mirror.

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‘We have pumped so much carbon dioxide into our atmosphere that our world is now 1C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times.’

‘Every one of us has the power to make changes now. We are running out of time but there is still hope.’

The veteran broadcaster said climate change could wipe out entire species, including small organisms that hold together the world’s ecosystems, and put more life at risk. 

Sir David will be joined by a former director at the NASA Goddard ­Institute for Space Studies, Dr James Hansen, who warned about the threat of climate change in 1988.

Dr Hansen says leaders ignored the science and precious time – that could’ve been spent developing technologies to replace fossil fuels – was lost. 

Climate change activists block traffic on Vauxhall Bridge in London on Thursday

Climate change activists block traffic on Vauxhall Bridge in London on Thursday

Climate change activists block traffic on Vauxhall Bridge in London on Thursday

Harvard professor of science Naomi Oreskes slammed fossil fuel companies for undertaking a ‘concerted campaign’ to confuse the science so they could continue to make huge profits.   

Attenborough’s comments come as hundreds of thousands of Londoners were plunged into travel chaos amid climate protests across the capital.

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