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Shipping Industry Should Do Its Fair Share on Climate Change

International shipping is a major and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s responsible for 3 percent of global emissions—twice that of Australia. Since it’s an international sector, its pollution is not attributed to any country and does not fall under international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol. However, this presents an opportunity to both reduce global emissions and raise critical revenue for developing countries to prepare for climate impacts. Recent reports published for the G20 from Bill Gates, the World Bank and IMF support raising critical revenue for developing countries through shipping. These reports substantiate WWF and Oxfam’s recent proposal, offering a path forward on how to incorporate this industry into a global solution for addressing climate change.

Sprint to Become Leading U.S. Wireless Telecommunications Network in Protecting the Climate

Sprint, the third largest wireless telecommunications network in the U.S., announced last week (11 Oct. 2011) that it would be undertaking ambitious emission reductions. They will be undertaking a comprehensive reduction plan that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations (20% by 2017), but also targets emissions from device manufacturers and suppliers, customers charging their mobile devices and innovation in Sprint devices that can help consumers cut their own emissions.

Join Us for 24 Hours of Reality

This year has given way to record breaking weather extremes. From the Midwest blizzard that shut down Chicago to the Mississippi flooding, Texas drought and Hurricane Irene. It’s been a record year for billion-dollar disasters and these extremes are projected to become more frequent as the climate changes. On Wednesday September 14th (2011) the Climate Reality Project is showing 24 hours of reality on the climate crisis. While 2011 has provided a window into the extreme weather of the future, the event is showing the world in every time zone the reality of climate change, connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate change.

Climate Change is Causing Species to Shift Faster Towards Poles, Says New Study

A new study published in Science magazine, shows that species are moving toward the poles three times faster and climbing higher twice as fast as previously reported in 2003. The study looks at how over 1,500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and insects have responded to a warming climate over the past 40 years.

House drying up funding for weather preparedness (Repost)

This is a repost of an op-ed piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle (11 Aug. 2011). As the price tag for extreme weather increases, the U.S. House of Representatives ignores the problem and is attempting to make it worse by trying to cut important funding for climate change and preparedness.

Melting Sea Ice is Forcing Polar Bears to Swim Longer, Increasing Cub Mortality

Sea ice loss from climate change is causing polar bears to swim longer distances to find stable ice or reach land, resulting in greater risk to their cubs, according to new study.

Governor Christie Stops New Jersey from Addressing Climate Change, Ignoring the Perils to his State

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, is pulling his state out of the only system currently operating in America that makes polluters pay for their carbon pollution that causes climate change. Bob Litterman, a New Jersey resident, economic and risk expert and WWF board member, discusses the governor’s irresponsible actions and the consequences New Jersey faces if carbon emissions and climate change are not adequately addressed. 

Promoting Clean Energy is in China’s own Self Interest

China is the world's largest user of clean energy, the leading manufacturer of most renewable energy technologies and the largest recipient of clean energy investments.  China has embraced clean energy to tackle energy security and environmental problems, including climate change.    

China Solidifies Itself as Clean Energy Powerhouse

According to a new report, China has solidified its lead over the U.S. in clean energy investment and installed clean energy capacity. With record private clean energy investments in 2010, China ranks first for the second straight year, surpassing the U.S.

NOAA Releases New Strategy for Addressing a Rapidly Changing Arctic

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a report on the Arctic, outlining NOAA’s vision and strategy for dealing with a rapidly changing environment and improving forecasts of the region's weather and sea ice conditions.

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