Climate & Energy
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 – the largest contributor to green house gas emissions after the burning of fossil fuels
- Developing and promoting climate change adaptation strategies – to safeguard the most vulnerable people and the most exposed ecosystems.
As part of their work on conserving ecosystems and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, WWF's forest, freshwater, marine, and species programs are developing climate change adaptation strategies.
A safe and sustainable future for people, places and species, in an equitable low-carbon society that is resilient to climate change.
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Norway to allow risky Arctic drilling
Norway’s government is defying its own scientific advisory bodies and allowing oil drilling in the ...
UN climate talks fail to deliver progress despite hottest year on record
Statement at the close of the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru
As a whole, people are currently releasing far more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than ecosystems can immediately reabsorb. In other words, our carbon footprint is outstripping nature's capacity to deal with it.
As a result, these gases are building up in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to rise – and, consequently, climate change.
Continued emissions of greenhouse gases could see the average global temperature rise by more than 4°C by the end of this century. The impacts of such a rise are the biggest threat to nature and humanity in the 21st century.
Climate & Energy Blog
Learning from Lima: differentiation and equity must be tackled head-on
Most observers have acknowledged that the Lima COP produced a lowest common denominator outcome where most of the (already watered-down) content in the earlier drafts was sacrificed in the ...
The real value of Arctic resources
As the annual Arctic Frontiers meeting starts in Tromso Norway, much of the talk and media coverage will once again be centred on Arctic resources. This is usually code for oil and gas development in ...
The world’s weather forecast: hot and getting hotter
We heard it was coming. We have certainly felt it coming! And now we know. US scientists from NASA and NOAA confirmed today that 2014 is the hottest year since record keeping began 135 years ago. The ...