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David Attenborough still eager at 90

Associated Press Associated Press 4/05/2016 Lynn Elber

David Attenborough, who turns 90 on Sunday, isn't resting on his laurels or any other element of the natural world he's explored so fully.

The man behind acclaimed documentaries including Life on Earth and The Life of Birds is giving insects their TV close-up in Smithsonian Channel's three-part Micro Monsters with David Attenborough.

He will reprise his role as narrator for Planet Earth II, the BBC's recently announced sequel to the awe-inspiring 2006 project. And he brushes aside any notion that his curiosity or drive might flag after more than 100 films and series (as producer, writer or presenter, and at times all three) and some 25 books.

The sheer joy of continuing to work and learn keeps him "wanting to get up in the morning and have a go at it," he said in an email. "It would be terrible if you knew it all, and nobody ever will."

The British-born Attenborough, who plans to spend his birthday with family and friends, attributes his enduring curiosity and energy to children.

"I've never met a child who's not interested in natural history. Just the simplest thing, a five-year-old turning over a stone and seeing a slug and (saying) 'What a treasure!' (and) 'Well, how does it live, what are those things on the front?' Kids love it! Kids understand the natural world is fascinating. So the question is (how does) anyone lose the interest in nature?"

And it's the future the children of today face that worries Attenborough because of the rise in global temperature due to climate change.

"Children around the world today are going to inherit a very different world from the one I inherited - one which is much more crowded and one which has more severe problems than anybody could have supposed, certainly when I was a child.

"I believe that if we find ways of generating and storing power from renewable resources, we will make the problem with oil and coal and other carbon fuels disappear because, economically, we will wish to use these other methods. And if we do that, a huge step will have been taken toward solving the problems of the Earth."

Attenborough went into TV because it was "fun" but ranks his broadcast work as one of his top achievements.

"We get letters from everywhere, from Russia, from China, from Hungary, from all kinds of people who say that they were moved and saw the value of natural history because of television."

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