One of the biggest threats to humanity & nature
The impacts of global warmingIt'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 4 ºC of warming.
As we work to reduce emissions, we must simultaneously begin to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.
The Road to Paris
The targets under the Kyoto Protocol - an international agreement requiring governments to limit their greenhouse gas emissions - are expiring. A new agreement is set to take its place, which will be finalised at COP21 in Paris, France in 2015.
We need this new global deal (which comes into force in 2020) to encourage governments to take ambitious and urgent action, so the planet can avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Find out more about the Road to Paris.
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.