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Clarkson gets a wake-up call

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The former Top Gear host, who recently branded activist Greta Thunberg a “spoilt brat”, has been a longstanding critic of so-called “eco-mentalists”.

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HE probably wouldn’t be welcome at an Extinction Rebellion protest – but Jeremy Clarkson now admits he is convinced that climate change is real after all.

The former Top Gear host, who recently branded activist Greta Thunberg a “spoilt brat”, has been a longstanding critic of so-called “eco-mentalists”.

However, he has described experiencing an epiphany while filming his new show, The Grand Tour, in south-east Asia.

Clarkson, 59, had intended to take a jet boat from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Vung Tau in Vietnam with co-stars Richard Hammond and James May. The trio were forced to wade through the Tonle Sap lake – part of the Mekong River system – because it had dried up to the depth of a puddle.

“The irony is not lost on me,” Clarkson said. “A man who hosted a car programme for 30 years, limited to seven miles an hour by global warming . . . it’s the first time we’ve ever admitted to there being global warming.”