The virus is a blip, our biggest threat is coming, says David ...

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The virus is a blip, our biggest threat is coming, says David Attenborough

It will be serious, but we need a sense of proportion, he says, pointing to a greater cataclysm: climate change

Joe Shute

At 10pm one recent Sunday evening, Sir David Attenborough received a knock at his door of his Richmond home. It was a concerned neighbour who had just read on Twitter that the veteran broadcaster was dead.

“My daughter answered the door and the neighbour asked if it was true,” the 93-year-old recounts with a devilish twinkle in his eye. “She said: ‘Wait there and I’ll go and ask him.’ I was watching the news on television.”

During the panicked age of Covid-19, Attenborough’s name is one of a number of national treasures in the UK to be bandied around social media as the latest to succumb to the virus. But when we meet in a London hotel shortly before the country started to go into lockdown, he is full of vim and vigour and comfortingly dismissive of the whole damn thing...

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