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.
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.
Climate & Energy Blog
World’s governments must take action on climate change
By Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Initiative With raw emotion cracking his voice and tears welling in his eyes, Naderev Saño, the Philippines’ lead negotiator at the UN ...
COP19 – Warsaw, Poland
With only 50 days of negotiations left for world leaders to produce a new global climate agreement in 2015, every day needs to count, inclulding the next two weeks where governments will meet in ...
Why is Oettinger scared of fossil fuel subsidy figures?
Commissioner Günter Oettinger’s blocking of a transparent discussion on fossil fuel subsidies inevitably raises suspicions that his real intent is to preserve them, writes Sébastien Godinot. ...
Latest Climate News
Europe’s biofuels not guaranteed sustainable, finds new study
A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ...
WWF backs IEA call to change global energy system
Today's publication of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook and the opening ...
Governments must seize the opportunity to tackle climate change
With only 50 days of negotiations left for world leaders to produce a new global climate agreement ...
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.