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Walrus hauling

What climate change looks like for walruses

For people who have problems visualizing climate change, this is what it can look like in the Arctic – 35,000 walruses crowded onto an Alaskan beach, driven there by the loss of their preferred resting and feeding place on coastal ice. A similar scene is playing out on beaches across the Bering Strait in Russia. […]

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Climate business

What has the role of business been at the UN Climate Summit?

September 2014 has definitely become a critical milestone in the fight against climate change and the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Over half a million people – including 400,000 in New York alone – took the streets to demand strong action against climate change; the largest climate mobilization in history. A couple of days later, […]

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Polar Bear Alert

Keeping people (and polar bears) safe as ice shrinks

A fully grown polar bear is not a visitor you’d want to entertain. Adult males can be two-and-half meters long, and weigh more than 700 kilograms. When they’re on land, they’re likely to be hungry, missing their high-fat seal diet. In some parts of the Arctic, the bears are increasingly on land due to sea […]

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Business renewable energy

Fix the climate, fix the economy

Here at WWF, we’re practically turning into climate optimists. First the IPCC concluded earlier this year that it “doesn’t cost the Earth to save the planet.” Large-scale, rapid action on climate change will have minimal effects on national economies, even without considering co-benefits such as cleaner air. Then today’s New Climate Economy (NCE) report confirmed […]

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Poverty climate change

Climate change and poverty: we need a global response

The end of September will not only bring the UN Climate Summit to New York. The day after the Summit, on 24 September, heads of states will open the General Debate of the UN General Assembly outlining their views on post-2015 development. This twin opportunity will kick off a series of international meetings that will, […]

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Seize Your Power

Climate change: 4 ways the world has changed

Climate change has changed how the world works. It is also starting to change the choices of investors. For the first time, a clear financial perspective on moving investments in the face of climate change has been released. Last week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new white paper in the context of climate change, […]

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Climate change poverty

Climate change and poverty: why action is needed

A set of Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed next year offer a vital opportunity for the international community to tackle the way that climate change is driving people into poverty, says a new report. ‘The Right Climate for Development: why the SDGs must act on climate change’ released ahead of the twin UN meetings […]

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Currency and money

A defining moment: time to pledge to the Green Climate Fund

By November of this year, developed countries are expected to commit substantial funds to the newly operational Green Climate Fund, which over the coming years is expected to play a central role in supporting actions in developing countries get on a low emissions development pathway and build resilience to climate impacts. Contributions to the Green […]

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Battery

The biggest win for renewable energy this decade

The world now gets 22% of its power from renewable sources – wind, sun, geothermal energy, biomass, water, etc. One of the remaining bottlenecks is the cost to store the energy. But that might just change, according to a new report this week. Power is produced when the sun shines, the wind blows, or the […]

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Solar powered mobile charging

Africans for Africa: Local sustainable energy solutions

About 600 million people (and more than 10 million micro-enterprises) across Africa have no access to electricity. And many more people still depend on wood fuels to cook. Despite this long-standing difficult energy context, country leaders have traditionally been more concerned with industry’s needs for electricity than with the rural poor. It is not uncommon […]

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