Prince William turns interviewer in Davos appearance with Attenborough
By Elizabeth Culliford DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William turned interviewer at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, quizzing TV naturalist David Attenborough on what he called world leaders' 'faltering' steps to tackle environmental challenges. 'Normally I have to endure people asking me questions so it's quite nice to be able to turn the tables for once,' William, who is second in line to the throne, joked to the 92-year-old TV broadcaster. Attenborough, whose natural history programmes include 'Blue Planet II' and 'Dynasties', said it was difficult to overstate how urgent the climate crisis had become
By Elizabeth Culliford
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William turned interviewer at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, quizzing TV naturalist David Attenborough on what he called world leaders' "faltering" steps to tackle environmental challenges.
"Normally I have to endure people asking me questions so it's quite nice to be able to turn the tables for once," William, who is second in line to the throne, joked to the 92-year-old TV broadcaster.
Attenborough, whose natural history programmes include 'Blue Planet II' and 'Dynasties', said it was difficult to overstate how urgent the climate crisis had become.
"We are now so numerous, so powerful, so all-pervasive…that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it," said Attenborough, who was born weeks apart from William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
He hailed the 2015 Paris climate agreement as a point where world leaders had recognized the dangers of rising temperatures but noted this had not been universal. "There have been people who have withdrawn from that," he said.
Speaking last month on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Poland, Attenborough told Reuters that U.S. President Donald Trump was "out on a limb" in his attitude to climate change.
His advice for the leaders gathered at Davos this week was to care for the natural world and not to waste its resources, from energy to food.
"We can wreck it with ease. We can wreck it without even noticing we're doing it. And if we wreck the natural world, in the end, we wreck ourselves."
During the forum’s Crystal Awards on Monday, where he was honored for his environmental stewardship, Attenborough warned that "the Garden of Eden is no more."
On stage with William, there were lighter-hearted moments.
The former air ambulance pilot met Attenborough's praise of a helicopter pilot who helped achieve a camera shot for his new Netflix documentary series "Our Planet", by remarking "all helicopter pilots are very skillful, David."
(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, Editing by William Maclean)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.