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.
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.
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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.
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