David Attenborough Isn ’t Sure We Can Save the Natural World. But at 92, He’s Not Giving Up Trying

It’s the voice you notice first. In person, David Attenborough speaks in the same awestruck hush he has used in dozens of nature documentaries, a crisp half whisper that is often mimicked but seldom matched. Ninety-two years of use may have softened its edges, but still it carries the command of authority. Sitting in his home in the Richmond neighborhood of west London for one in a series of conversations, I feel compelled to drink a second cup of tea when he offers. It somehow seems wrong to say no. In his native U.K., Attenborough is held in the kind of esteem usually reserved for royalty. Over decades–first as a television executive, then as a wildlife filmmaker and recently as a kind of elder statesman for the planet–he has achieved near beatific status. He was knighted by the Queen in 1985 and is usually referred to as Sir David. As he walked into the Royal Botanic Gardens for TIME’s portrait shoot on the day of our interview, the mere sight of him caused members of the public and staff alike to break into goofy smiles. Attenborough pioneered a style of wildlife filmmaking that brought viewers to remote landscapes and gave them an intimate perspective on the wonders of nature. Frans de Waal, the renowned Dutch primatologist, says he regularly uses clips from Attenborough’s shows in lectures. “He has shaped the views of millions of people about nature,” he says. “Always respectful, always knowledgeable, he takes us by the h...
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Alessia Buso1†, Marina Comelli1†, Raffaella Picco1, Miriam Isola1, Benedetta Magnesa1, Rado Pišot2, Joern Rittweger3,4, Desy Salvadego1, Boštjan Šimunič2, Bruno Grassi1,5 and Irene Mavelli1,6* 1Department of Medicine, University of Udine, Udine, Italy 2Institute for Kinesiology Research, Science and Research Centre, Koper, Slovenia 3Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany 4Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany 5Institute of Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology, National Research Council...
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