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Wanted: Suitors with good intentions for the planet

Last month, world leaders stood and applauded a young woman – Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner – from the Marshall Islands who addressed the Climate Summit at the UN. This month, an older “woman” is  begging world leaders to show some love as they contemplate how to bring runaway CO2 emissions in line with what climate science is […]

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Will developing countries lead the renewable energy race?

WWF has been actively campaigning worldwide to boost renewable energy (RES) as a key component of sustainable development and climate protection. Our rallying cry has been a call for a world powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050. This is no pipe dream: it is economically and technically possible and each year the prospects for […]

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The ozone is recovering – can the climate be next?

In 1995, Mario Molina and Frank Sherwood Rowland received the Nobel Prize for the work he did in 1974 which showed that Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) destroy ozone, a fragile shield of gas which protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. CFC – the non-flammable, non-toxic and easy-to-use gaseous chemical – suddenly became a […]

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Blue LEDs: the Nobel Prize winner that could light the world

When you hear about the annual Nobel Prize in Physics, it is generally quite hard to figure out what invention or discovery the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the prize to. “Groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene” or “contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence” are not what an average citizen […]

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Sam Smith People's Climate March

People power has spoken. Governments, it’s your turn

Six-hundred thousand people marched in the streets for climate justice. One-hundred and twenty heads of state came together to act on climate change. My 16-year-old daughter inspired me with her strength and activism. And at last, we have understood that we must stand together to beat climate change. The People’s Climate March in September was […]

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NYC People's Climate March

People’s Climate March: inspiration for action on climate

The Climate March launched a positive movement among civil society towards the Paris climate conference in 2015 (COP21) and beyond. New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, London, Berlin and Bogota. On September 21, around 600 000 people from around the world marched in unity to ask their leaders to act on climate change and to […]

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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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