When I were a lad, the WWF was something to keep me entertained of a Saturday morning: heavily-muscled, strangely-attired and occasionally masked American men throwing each other around in something called “wrestling”. Apparently, things have moved on, there are now some attractive young ladies indulging in eyebrow-raising activities* as part of this “sport” and the WWF has become the WWE, because the World Wildlife Foundation objected to sharing an acronym with charlatans who took something reputable and cheapened it by faking everything, including the results, for a ripped-off audience.
I couldn’t ladle on the irony any more heavily if I tried, though:
A new study, funded by Nasa, has found that the most serious drought in the Amazon for more than a century had little impact on the rainforest’s vegetation.
The findings appear to disprove claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that up to 40% of the Amazon rainforest could react drastically to even a small reduction in rainfall and could see the trees replaced by tropical grassland.
The IPCC has already faced intense criticism for using a report by environmental lobby group WWF as the basis for its claim, which in turn had failed to cite the original source of the research.
So, another ludicrous alarmist claim made under the banner of the United Nations’ increasingly ludicrous “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”, alleged to be “settled science”, turns out to be nothing more than the posturings of a bunch of chancers on the make.
I wonder which of the world’s leaders will eventually call a halt to this charade, claiming that the IPCC needs to go back to square one and start again.
And I wonder whether the IPCC will, in the meantime, be calling on the WWE for its “research”. At least that would be more honest and much more entertaining!