Thursday, 15 January 2009

WWF and Climate Change

WWF works to create solutions to the most serious environmental problems facing our planet, so that people and nature can thrive.

Climate change is the biggest threat of all. The consequences of changing weather patterns, warming seas and melting ice are devastating people and nature.

We’re already seeing its impacts – from melting Arctic sea ice to flooding and droughts. So we must take urgent global action if we are to safeguard the natural world.

Staying below 2°C
The scientists agree. Average global temperatures must remain less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, or we face irreversible and devastating changes in the planet’s natural systems. WWF seeks cuts in emissions at the UK, EU and global level that will prevent this.

Although significant impacts will occur with average global temperature increases of less than 2°C, once we go above this threshold there will be increasingly severe consequences for people and nature, with the most vulnerable communities and species being hit first and hardest.

We also face rapidly increasing risks of passing a number of ‘tipping points’ – events which lead to sudden and increasingly large changes.

It is possible
Leading research – including WWF’s 2007 Climate Solutions report – shows that it is still possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by measures such as rapid development of clean energy production (which would address some 65% of global emissions) and stopping tropical deforestation (addressing around 20% of emissions).

With climate programmes in many key countries – such as the EU, China, India, Japan, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and the US – the WWF global network is well placed to work on this agenda.

Help us achieve a global deal
In December 2009, governments will be gathering at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. At the summit, it is vital that we get an effective international agreement – a global deal – to tackle climate change.

WWF’s Earth Hour 2009 marks the launch of our global deal campaign. WWF will use all our influence, resources and leadership to make sure the global deal is as effective as possible.

Please join us and show world leaders that you care.

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