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One of the biggest threats to people & nature

The impacts of global warming

It's nearly impossible to overstate the threat of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising more rapidly than predicted and consequently the world is warming more quickly.

Global warming will have catastrophic effects such as accelerating sea level rise, droughts, floods, storms and heat waves. These will impact some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, disrupting food production, and threatening vitally important species, habitats and ecosystems.

Despite compelling scientific evidence, governments and businesses have responded very slowly. Even if countries fulfill all current mitigation pledges, the world will still face between 2.6 and 4ºC of warming.

As we work to reduce emissions, we must simultaneously begin to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.

 WWF’s climate and energy vision is a response both to the science and to new economic and political realities. We will work for a safe and sustainable future for people, places and species, based on an equitable low-carbon society that is resilient to climate change.

Samantha Smith, Leader WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative

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WWF's vision

WWF's goal is for the world to develop an equitable, low-carbon economy by 2050, which is resilient to that level of climate change which is unavoidable. All efforts should be undertaken to keep warming of global average temperature below 1.5°C (compared to 1850).

WWF works on low-carbon development and climate policy, clean and smart energy, forests and climate, climate finance, and climate business engagement.

Our work to achieve a "climate-safe" future includes:
  • Advocating a new international climate agreement – one that is just and legally binding
  • Promoting energy efficiency – the most rapid and cost-effective way to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Promoting renewable energy sources – like wind, solar, and geothermal power
  • Preventing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation – currently responsible for 20% of all emissions
  • Developing and promoting climate change adaptation strategies – to safeguard the most vulnerable people and the most exposed ecosystems.
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The Earth Hour City Challenge aims to identify and reward cities leading the global transition toward a climate friendly, one planet future.
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