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.
Latest Climate News
Good progress in Geneva, but hard work still ahead: political will a significant factor
“Tackling the difficult issues is yet to begin"
New report brings pre-2020 actions into sharp focus
What can countries do to take real climate action now?
UN climate talks require business unusual
Negotiators need to agree on an ambitious, science-based climate deal
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
Aiming too low: the EU submits its climate pledge
The world is waiting to see what action governments will take on climate change – and the EU has just revealed its proposed plans. In terms of the UN climate negotiation process (led by the UN ...
Switzerland: 1st in climate targets submission speed – and in ambition?
Last December, at the UN Climate Conference in Lima, countries were invited to submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) by the end of March 2015. These “INDCs” will basically ...
Norway’s capital cleans up: Oslo divests from coal
Norway’s capital city of Oslo has divested US$7 million from its pension fund investments in coal power. The directive comes from the conservative party (Høyre), whose city Finance Commissioner, ...