Although it is difficult to challenge the BBC Trust's desire to ensure that the statistics used by its guests do not quote inaccurate or misleading figures to support their case - it does not seem reasonable to expect the Corporation to have presenters who are sufficiently expert on a range of highly complex and important issues which could not be covered if this ruling is to be complied with. However, it is reasonable to have other guests appearing at the same time, who are recognised experts, to put forward an opposing case when an issue is contentious - so much easier now that video conferencing has become commonplace.
This is particularly true in the case of climate change - which must be the most important issue of our time - considering it has the power to make most of the planet inhabitable for mankind and many other species - within the lifetime of those alive today. Given this is the case - the expectation would be that, since the BBC has a 24/7 news channel plus others that cover news and factual programs - the Corporations coverage of the subject might be considered as extremely sparse. It is not difficult to suspect that this is the objective of those who are behind the original complaint.
The item highlighted in the Telegraph headline related to this statement by Emma Thompson in September 2015:
"In an interview with Emily Maitlis, she said: “If they [oil companies] take out of the earth all the oil they want to take out, you look at the science. Our temperature will rise four degrees Celsius by 2030, and that’s not sustainable.”
Although Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams has been warning of abrupt climate change for some years - it was only two months after Ms Thompson's appearance that this video was posted on YouTube - in which Wadhams does warn that the impact of climate change would be much sooner than the IPCC were predicting - based on the findings of the 'boots-on-the-ground' scientists working in the Arctic. Their research showed that when climate change had occurred in the past it happened over a few decades - not over many decades as the IPCC have been predicting. Based on Professor Wadhams research - what Emma Thompson said was certainly not untrue - since, based on this research, climate change has already begun.
Conformation of this seemed to come from the Independent just a few weeks ago:
If this is an attempt to gag the BBC on such a vitally important issue - it is simply outrageous.