More imagery from WWF

WWF is on a roll lately. Guess what this is?

So schnell kann’s gehen… © Rosa Merk / WWF

(Image from a WWF press release)

Answer below.

Gosh, they’re melting! 1000 tiny icemen sculptures were placed on the steps at the Gendarmenmarkt Square in Berlin, Germany at noon, today, September 2nd, 2009.

They began melting in about a half hour according to wire reports.

The melting  ice men were created by Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo.  The exhibit was part of a  launch campaign from WWF Germany to “raise awareness” about the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

So why not melting polar bears? Too graphic for some maybe?

According to some blog entires I’ve read, Azevedo has been setting up her tiny melting men sculptures in several countries since 2005.

It’s “art”. Greenmuze has an interview with the artist.

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Sure why not, down in Australia, it appears some activists will be using a new tactic:

Frozen koalas may be thrown at rally cars

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60 thoughts on “More imagery from WWF

  1. I wonder how much power was consumed in their creation, how many of those “Co2’s” released? After all it takes a lot of energy to freeze water too.

  2. There are serious fines for touching or moving native species, dead or alive. Anybody doing something stupid like this will surely regret it.

  3. They’re lucky I wasn’t there. I would have used all those icemen to cool my beers instead of watching them melt.

  4. Fits the “emotionalizing” meme if you ask me. It is basically crap. Yes, if you put a piece of ice on a piece of stone in the sun it will melt. The “symbolism” is that a group of idiots have discovered that there is a such a thing as “the sun”.
    Absolute idiots, each and every one of them.
    We have some kind of “moronic convergence” going on. We really need to call it what it is … stupid.

  5. Meanwhile, the arctic ice still seems to reach a minimum well above the 2008 minimum…
    I also wonder how they know for sure the Arctic is warming at all, when the number of reporting weather stations has been dramatically reduced over the whole of the arctic, notably in Siberia, but also in Canada. Just look at the GISS temperature map of Canada for July, and you’ll note there are vast areas of arctic Canada that aren’t covered at all:
    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/do_nmap.py?year_last=2009&month_last=07&sat=4&sst=0&type=anoms&mean_gen=07&year1=2009&year2=2009&base1=1951&base2=1980&radius=250&pol=reg

  6. WWF has set up a new campaign to prepare our minds for a new and stringent treaty for Copenhagen.
    ““The planet’s alarm system is blaring loudly and we need to wake up and take action,” said Keya Chatterjee, acting director of climate change with WWF-US. “We need to pass legislation in the U.S. and secure a global treaty to cut our emissions now and prepare for the rapidly emerging consequences of climate change.”
    The report also concludes that sea-levels will very likely rise by more than one meter by 2100 — more than twice the amount given in the IPCC’s 2007 assessment. The associated flooding of coastal regions will affect more than a quarter of the world’s population.”
    http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/wherewework/arctic/arctic-climate-feedbacks.html
    Their analysis is mainly based on the year 2007. So, if the global temperature may not have risen in the last decade, Arctic is warming faster than anticipated by IPCC and the consequences will be devastating.
    If the present is not easy to grasp, the future is in the eyes of WWF very clear and simple.

  7. It seems we are being carpet bombed with catastrophic graphics and disastrous nonsense from WWF these days. Must be getting closer to Copenhagen, I guess.
    Here is an example this week from the “WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT”-department:
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/klimatrusselen/artikkel.php?artid=578208
    The gist is that the Arctic ice is melting “much faster than we thought” according to “the latest measurements” (source: WWF)
    This was then followed by this hilarious story:
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=578327
    UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon goes bonkers in the Arctic, with moon-struck Norwegian Environment Minister, Erik Solheim by his side. (Never mind his name, he is not a believer in solar effect on climate.)
    One wonders what sort of carbon footprint these lunar people leave behind: jetting from NY to Oslo, jetting to Spitzbergen, helicopter to the motor vessel, then steaming for days and hours to reach the edge of the ice in a large oceangoing vessel, just to have a look at arctic sea ice.
    Never mind, this lot doesn’t care: “It’s been a very, very successful visit” says Mr. Solheim.
    He also offer these “scientific” statements:
    “The strongest impression was to get to the edge of the ice. It is now further north than it’s been before”. (IT ISN’T)
    “It’s very dramatic. 2009 will be one of the years with least ice coverage in the polar areas ever.” (IT ISN’T and IT WON’T)
    “We are seeing a dramatic down-melt of north pole ice, on Greenland, and on Svalbard. But also from glaciers in other locations like Himalaya and Andes. This is very dangerous for human life on earth. Rain patterns change the rivers, and this will lead to a rapid rise in sea levels.” (SAY WHAT???)
    Changed rain patterns will lead to rapid sea level rise? That’s a new one to me, but hey, this is “Climate Science”.
    All quotes are from Environment Minister, Erik Solheim, a Socialist Left Party (SV) loony from Norway.
    Oh, well, we’re having parliamentary election in 2 weeks, so there’s hope for change.
    (BTW: when are you going to straighten out your act, VG?)

  8. There are many on the left side of the political fence (UK Labour MP Tom Harris for one) who despise the green/left for attempting to impose poverty. We need to hold the green/left accountable for this , and demand that new investment in nuclear energy be an essential trade off for any ETS or “green” measure that threatens basic living standards.

  9. Perhaps all of those melting “ice men” are to remind us that the most important ‘greenhouse gas’ is indeed water vapor.

  10. A bit O/T, but there’s a pointer on Drudge to the latest political polls in the U.K. showing the 14yr rein of the liberal party will be over in the spring. The poll has apparently been accurate to within 1% since 1996, and is predicting a 14% gap.
    So maybe some relief for our friends over there? 🙂
    Also a bit O/T, but my lovely bride and myself will be taking an evil, C02-spewing cruise to Antarctica next February. I can’t imagine the total carbon footprint we’ll have between driving to the airport, flying 16hrs, and cruising for 14 days, but I digress… On a popular cruise msg board, people that are signed on to this cruise are already posting links to junk science and exclaiming how fortunate we all are to “…see this while it’s still here!”
    I’m going to get in a lot of trouble on this cruise…can see it coming.
    JimB

  11. Rik Gheysens (01:09:48) :
    WWF has set up a new campaign to prepare our minds for a new and stringent treaty for Copenhagen.
    ““The planet’s alarm system is blaring loudly and we need to wake up and take action,” said Keya Chatterjee, acting director of climate change with WWF-US. “We need to pass legislation in the U.S. and secure a global treaty to cut our emissions now and prepare for the rapidly emerging consequences of climate change.”
    The report also concludes that sea-levels will very likely rise by more than one meter by 2100 — more than twice the amount given in the IPCC’s 2007 assessment. The associated flooding of coastal regions will affect more than a quarter of the world’s population.”
    http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/wherewework/arctic/arctic-climate-feedbacks.html
    Their analysis is mainly based on the year 2007. So, if the global temperature may not have risen in the last decade, Arctic is warming faster than anticipated by IPCC and the consequences will be devastating.
    If the present is not easy to grasp, the future is in the eyes of WWF very clear and simple.
    Surely the response to this viewpoint WRT AR4 & sea-level rises, should be “2,500 scientists can’t be wrong, 400 lead authors & 850 co-authors can’t be wrong, 140 governments have reviewed the science line by line & cannot be wrong, (lead in Disneyland by that famous scientist of all, Prof Hugh Jerrors!) :-))

  12. The trouble with the Greens is that the gentle moderates often have no idea what the brownshirt “greens” are doing and have done in the suppression of debate, and in taking over key positions in so-called neutral organizations, as Lindzen detailed. They then get upset – like I did once.
    I say, let’s have the court case between EPA and the US Chamber of Commerce, with maximum publicity to help folk understand the muzzling that has been going on, and to ask for the proper reopening of debate. And good luck to Morano answering Washington Post, meanwhile.

  13. The above Berlin picture was also featured in The Herald here in Scotland today with reporting on the UN Secretary-General’s recent visit to the Arctic. I have sent them a letter to the Editor this morning pointing out the increasing Arctic sea ice and the above average sea ice in Antarctica etc. Not confident they will publish as this paper is as AGW positive as they come. AGW belief seems to be like a pandemic infection. Nobody bothers to look at the facts.

  14. “They began melting in about a half hour according to wire reports.”
    So a little ice man took half an hour to melt in a summer’s day in Germany placed on warm stone steps in a city. That’s actually very reassuring it took as long as half an hour, shows how much energy it takes to melt ice, especially if you consider ice sheets can be miles tick.

  15. You know for a moment, I thought you were posting about the “World Wrestling Federation” but then I remembered that they changed their name to World Wrestling Entertainment. I was wanting to question WHY a professional Wrestling franchise would want to voice their concerns, but then I remembered that the WWF is actually the World Wildlife Fund. I was hoping I wasnt going crazy, so you can see why my confusion is well placed.

  16. An excellent example of UHI.
    If they wanted to demonstrate arctic ice melt, they should have gone to the Arctic. Perhaps the Catlin folks could have provided expert advice.

  17. This kind of demonstration art needs more exposure. They should repeat it in every NH country capital when everybody is looking, say on NEW YEAR’S DAY. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  18. Reminds me of a statement in a movie a few years ago,
    “Stupid is as stupid does.”
    Wonderful experiment, take water freeze it and then put it out in summer heat and it melts. Next they will be putting water in the artificial energy using freezer and prove that it will melt at temps below the freezing point of water.
    Just a point to ponder if they get their way (World Wildlife Federation) and we curtail production of CO2 by the elimination of carbon based fuels that will mean no mechanical farm equipment (no fuel no tractor) no farm/ranch raised cattle, pork, or chicken because no grain production with capacity to feed humans and animals and produce fuel. also have to eliminate the animals because they also exhaust green house gas. I suppose that that will require the hunting of the wild life to sustain life for the human race.
    I don’t think these loonies look forward enough to plan for the future and the needs of the inhabitants of the planet. Perhaps they should be confined to live in an environment such as they are proposing with the technology that is available today.
    Bill Derryberry

  19. JAN (01:26:29) :
    All quotes are from Environment Minister, Erik Solheim, a Socialist Left Party (SV) loony from Norway.
    Oh, well, we’re having parliamentary election in 2 weeks, so there’s hope for change.

    Actually, there isn’t. In the Norwegian parliament there are 7 or 8 different parties of all colours that will be represented after the election. I have checked the climate policy statements of each of these parties, and all of them support the AGW madness. There is one populist party that has tried to “ride both horses” on the issue, but when pressed they too promise to “cooperate” in Copenhagen if they get into government.
    So in reality, there is noone to vote for here.

  20. ““The planet’s alarm system is blaring loudly and we need to wake up and take action,” said Keya Chatterjee
    Chatterjee? What delicious satire.

  21. “World Wildlife Fund / World Wrestling Federation
    Same difference – All smoke and mirrors!”
    Well then maybe not – the World Wrestling Federation is more intellectually acute!

  22. Well this has changed my mind. I have a community of little ice people living near me. I’d hate to see this happen to them.

  23. JimB:
    When they ask you to buy carbon credits, just tell ’em you’ll plant a tree while you’re there instead!!

  24. “Stupid is as stupid does”: yes, that’s apparently why it was impossible for the WWF to go with nudity next or maybe even the equally well-tested giant paper mache’ puppets as “consciousness raisers”, but instead was forced to go with the enlightening retro-thrill conditioned by near anencephally*, both as their m.o. and the implied substrate of their target audience. There’s probably a message in there about the WWF’s conception of “peer review”, too….
    *no brain

  25. I hope that the artist has given proper credit to the Tibetan monks for the work. They have been doing temporary sculpture for eons. Their butter sculptures are far more intricate & they work on them all night, with the morning sun starting the melt (& they have nothing to do with AGW).

  26. J. Peden (07:31:08) : It is not anencephally, it is hereditary “phreno-cryptorchidy” of WWF Patrons 🙂

  27. “Mike from Canmore (07:18:39) :
    JimB:
    When they ask you to buy carbon credits, just tell ‘em you’ll plant a tree while you’re there instead!!”
    And go on to explain that I do that as part of my own reforestation program after cutting hickory and oak down for firewood to be used in the woodstove in the winter season? 😉
    JimB

  28. Trifling detail, but I just thought I’d point out that the artist herself did not intend the sculptures as a comment on global warming. Taken from the interview Mr. Watts linked to:
    Interviewer: Why did you make the installation?
    Nele Azevedo: The installation is part of an urban intervention project, called Minimum Monument. The project is a critical reading of the monument in the contemporary cities. In a few-minute action, the official canons of the monument are inverted: in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral process of the ice; in the place of the monument scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies.
    The project started with solitary figures, later a multitude of small sculptures of ice were placed in public spaces of several cities. The memory is inscribed in the photographic image and shared by everyone. It is not reserved to great heroes nor to great monuments. It loses its static condition to gain fluidity in the urban displacement and in the change of state of the water. It concentrates on small sculptures of small men, the common men.
    …Which is a little hard to decipher, but looks like it’s intended more as a commentary on monuments in general than anything climatological. The association with global warming comes from various environmental groups who see it as applicable to their own cause, which wasn’t really what the artist intended–although she doesn’t seem to mind the association much. Let the audience see in it what they wish, seems to be her view.

  29. As the Alarmists add campaigns show ever more signs of plain marxist propaganda,
    the public opinion is turning against them.
    In the mean time we are doing fine.
    Just keep a cool head and continue debunking the semi science now turning into plain hysteria.
    They are digging their own grave.

  30. The same is true for the political establishment pushing the hoax.
    They will lose big time at the next elections.
    The genie is out of the bottle.

  31. I don’t know if this is related, but add this to the news earlier this week of the white house and the NEA asking a group of artists to create art to support their agendas. Could this be in support of the cap and trade bill?

  32. Carsten Arnholm, Norway (06:01:10) :
    and Ron de Haan (09:09:58) :
    I was hoping we could replace that moon-bat Erik Solheim, but I guess chances are we will just get another lunatic in his place. We gotta try though. If not this election, then the next. It may take a few years to defuse the AGW lunacy in the political establishments worldwide.

  33. Ron de Haan
    I’m not so sure. Angela Merkel’s party took it on the chin on last Sunday’s state and local elections. The prospect of her conservative CDU making a coalition with the business friendly Free Democrats in late September’s national elections is now melting away. But so what? Merkel is also a kook when it comes to climate change. She’s advised by that Schellnhuber demagogue and the PIK.

  34. Come on, this is so old.
    In Munich, Germany is a museum dedicated to the German comic Karl Valentin, who was famous in the 1920s and 1930s for his very unique and strange humor (he would have a field day today).
    One of the exhibits is a bowl of water with the inscription:
    Snowman (melted)
    The water bowl shows graphically that the natural form for a snowman (or ice-man) in summer is liquid. So, what’s new?

  35. So the artist won’t be satisfied until the ambient temperature is sufficiently cold to keep ice frozen indefinitely? Wow, now that would be climate change (and the end of humanity).

  36. David, you had me laughing out loud.
    While I am currently unaware of any local little ice people communities, I can confirm that I have, in fact, dated a few women made of ice. It wasn’t the sun that melted them, however.

  37. Well at least when the WWF was the World Wrestling Federation; you already knew you were being scammed; but you watched anyway. We are still being scammed by this other bunch; but now it is agaisnt our betetr judgement.
    George

  38. Yes I’m sure the little ice men would not have melted in 1900. :-0 ????
    WWF = World Wrestling Federation? What the heck!

  39. While on the subject of the WWF and environmentalism; we might take note that Obama’s “Green Czar” in charge of environmental legislation, is a radical Marxist Communist by the name of Van Jones; who years ago started the Communist STORM organisation; you can look them up on the web but the R stands for Revolution.
    Obama found this piece of work somewhere in the environs of San Francisco where he started his misapproriation of environmentalism and environmental groups (such as the WWF for example) with the aim of exploiting environmentalism for his Marxist Communist revolutionary aims. And he is on public record as saying he plans to use the green movement to destroy the “evil” US capitalist system.
    Just thought the scientific community ought to know who is steering the Obama environmental control.
    If Obama doesn’t hate America; what on earth would he be doing differently if he did hate America ?

  40. JimB (01:59:46) :
    I think you’ll have a great time with all the global warmers on your cruise. Don’t forget to take lots of photographs ‘while it is still there to photograph’.

  41. Well, if it was in the US, when the ice melted, we could quickly put up little Waxman figures with bills in their hands, and watch them melt.

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