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Paris Agreement: taking it forward

Less than a year ago, 197 countries came together for the first time to deliver a universal climate Paris Agreement. And with it, a promise to work together to limit global temperature rise to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Today, that agreement becomes the law of the planet — entered into force almost […]

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Coal

Coal is a climate killer, whatever its efficiency

The argument that high-efficiency coal-fired power plants are a viable solution for reducing CO2 emissions, the main cause of climate change, is still defended with vigour by the coal industry – and by governments that have a stake in the coal industry, in particular Japan, Germany, South Korea, Australia and Poland. Japan even goes as […]

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Sustainable energy access: from policy to the people

Clean, affordable and reliable energy access is one of the most important requisites for decent livelihoods, next to water and food. Unfortunately, our current energy system excludes a major portion of world’s population from this fundamental right. In several poor energy-importing countries, the high costs of fossil fuels now eat up more than 10% of […]

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How the IPCC report sealed the deal for energy security

Energy security is seriously important to human societies – not just for resource sufficiency reasons, but also for economic competitiveness, sovereignty of supply and integrity of energy provisioning. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that climate change presents increasing risks and vulnerabilities to energy production and delivery… and […]

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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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fossil fuels

Why is Oettinger scared of fossil fuel subsidy figures?

Commissioner Günter Oettinger’s blocking of a transparent discussion on fossil fuel subsidies inevitably raises suspicions that his real intent is to preserve them, writes Sébastien Godinot. Sébastien Godinot is an economist for WWF Europe.  Those making the case for adequate post 2020 EU climate and energy legislation were looking forward to the European Commission launching, in the coming days […]

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New threats faced by six icons of nature

“Immediate threats facing six icons of nature” Six icons of the natural world. One grave threat. Fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas pose a threat to some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and the animals and people that call them home. Fossil fuels – our old-fashioned energy sources – are proven to pollute […]

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climate savers

First Chinese Company Joins WWF’s Climate Savers Programme

BAODING Jan. 29, 2013 – WWF today announced that Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar panels, has become the first Chinese company, and the first photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer, to join WWF’s Climate Savers programme. Yingli is also the first Chinese company to set a company-wide renewable […]

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fossil fuels

WWF supports IEA conclusion: two thirds of fossil fuel reserves must be left underground

Gland, Switzerland – Two thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if the world is serious about avoiding dangerous climate change, according to the International Energy Agency in its World Energy Outlook 2012 report released today. “The IEA’s conclusion reflects sound science. CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are destabilizing […]

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