Embarrassment To Science: WWF Postulates Climate Change Will Lead To More Seafaring Accidents

Die kalte Sonne site here has a report on how the WWF claims that climate change will likely lead to more ship accidents on the high seas, caused by stormier weather.

Science Speechless Over Embarrassing WWF Claim: Environmental Activists Postulate More Ship Accidents Due To Climate Change
By Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt

Former East Germany party organ ‘Neues Deutschland‘ (New Germany) brought out a claim from climate activist group WWF on June 10, 2013. In it a surprising relationship had been postulated:

WWF: Climate change increasing the risks of ship accidents. Climate change and the associated extreme weather events increase the dangers of ship accidents on the seas, according to the environmental organization WWF. Increasing frequency of storms heighten the risks, said the WWF Germany on Friday at the World Conference of the Seas on 8 June [2013].’

Neue Deutschland apparently is referring to a press release that had appeared on a WWF website. Unfortunately we are not able to quote from this press release because the hotel in Dublin where this blog post was created unfortunately does not allow access to websites of political activist groups (see screenshot).

Thus it seems that the hotel has correctly rated the affiliation of the WWF. Little wonder, because when you compare the claims made by the WWF to the results from serious science, the overblown construct collpases. According to the WW, climate change will lead to more storms.

First let’s check whether warmer temperatures lead to more storms at middle latitudes in the past. The result: unexpectedly the exact opposite of what the WWF asserted has actually occurred: i.e., the colder it was, the more stormy is was! For example see our blog article: “Storms in the English Channel occurred in sync with the 1500 year cycle: The colder it was, the stormier it was” as well as other papers here).

And what does the situation with hurricanes look like? Over the long-term it appears that hurricane activity has decreased (see “New climate modeling finds long-term reduction in hurricane activityi“). It is indeed baffling how the WWF could be so reckless with the scientific facts. This is especially troubling in light of the fact that the WWF avidly participated in writing the new IPCC climate report. Just a few months ago observers sounded the alarms when a draft of the IPCC report was prematurely released to the public, where in it several papers from the WWF and Greenpeace were quoted.

The link that Lüning and Vahrenholt could not access from the hotel in Dublin is here.


5 responses to “Embarrassment To Science: WWF Postulates Climate Change Will Lead To More Seafaring Accidents”

  1. Jimbo

    What bloody concern are shipping accidents to a wildlife charity?

    Nature – 19 September 2012
    Better models are needed before exceptional events can be reliably linked to global warming.
    But without the computing capacity of a well-equipped national meteorological office, heavily model-dependent services such as event attribution and seasonal prediction are unlikely to be as reliable.


    IPCC – 2012
    FAQ 3.1 Is the Climate Becoming More Extreme? […] None of the above instruments has yet been developed sufficiently as to allow us to confidently answer the question posed here.

    Yet a wildlife charity has not problem claims about a dangerously changing climate. Shame on these fraudsters.

  2. Jimbo
    1. Bernd Felsche

      There doesn’t appear to be any substance in that “report”. It’s just trying to make the WWF seem important.

      A great many oil spills occur in tropical and sub-tropical waters where experience has shown that there are mircro-organisms starved of oil to digest. Their “report” doesn’t seem to mention that “minor” fact. The Fund Against Humanity (WWF) likes people to believe that “nature” is fragile and needs to be looked after; when in actuality it’s human life and prosperity that are fragile.

      WWF appear ignorant that they are constructing their own gallows by limiting the prosperity that funds their activities.

      1. DirkH

        They are paid by the Eurocrats.


        And when you watch the collapse of Greece, you will notice that the bureaucrats are the last ones to go.

        So WWF doesn’t have to worry.

  3. gofigure560

    Since the realistic climate projections indicate a cooling, we will have more storms, so just as a stopped clock is still accurate twice a day, the WWF “projuection” may turn out right (as long as they insist that global cooling is caused by global warming!)

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