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Majority of world’s largest companies shifting to clean energy

New study shows nearly 60 percent of world’s largest companies have renewable energy or greenhouse gas reduction commitments, citing strong business case.

Talkin' on Turkey Day: A Thanksgiving Climate Pledge

We think of Thanksgiving as an eating holiday, but it really is a "talking holiday" when we slow down and spend the day in conversation.  When the conversation turns to the weather, consider talking about our changing weather patterns and the consequences we are feeling and hearing about.   What if we then spent a little time speaking with each other about steps we can take to prepare for those impacts, and to avoid more serious climate disruption in the future?   If we can pledge to talk turkey with friends and family around the table, we are one step closer to a national conversation about climate change -- and to enduring solutions.

Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice (video)

This twelve minute video from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) starts with the biologists describing some of the many endearing qualities of walruses,  explaining how important sea ice is to the animals and why the decline of that ice is so disruptive and threatening -- not just to the walruses but for the people of the region.  The second half of the video shows how USGS biologists use satellite radio tags to track the movement and behavior of the walruses. "The information identifies areas of special importance to walruses during sparse summer sea ice and as human presence increases in the region from oil drilling and activities such as shipping and tourism now possible with less ice," says the USGS. In addition to the video, we provide a transcript.

24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report

From an 8 pm EST kickoff on Wednesday 14 November to a 7-8 pm finale on Thursday 15 November 2012, watch the live online broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality on climate disruption and its affect on all of us. The event spotlights every region of the globe across all 24 time zones, highlighting different impacts and solutions every hour from a variety of voices—musicians, comedians, experts, every day people.

Statement on the Re-election of President Obama

WWF congratulates President Obama on his re-election and looks forward to working with him and his administration over the next four years to tackle the greatest threats to our planet, and the people and other creatures that call it home.  An agenda focused on common-sense solutions to prepare for present and future climate impacts, while transitioning our economy to clean, renewable energy will command support across the political spectrum. At the same time, President Obama now has the political space to put international efforts to secure a global climate treaty back on the right track.
 

Hurricane Sandy is 11th Billion Dollar Weather-Extreme for U.S. in 2012, as Americans see 2nd Most Disastrous Year on Record

With two months still left in 2012, the preliminary data indicate that the U.S. has thus far experienced eleven weather-related disasters each with damages of at least a billion dollars. Since 1980, only 2011 saw more billion-dollar weather disasters (14 in all). With the drought and Hurricane Sandy likely to be among the costliest weather-related disasters on record (i.e. since 1980), 2012 also is likely to edge out 1988 as the second costliest year in terms of billion-dollar weather-extremes.

Video (PBS): How Cities Should Prepare for Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise

Should cities be preparing for the consequences of climate disruption and rising sea levels?  As part of the PBS Newshour series on "Coping With Climate Change," Ray Suarez discusses the question with Joseph Romm of Center for American Progress and American Enterprise Institute's Kenneth Green.

Sandy's Wake-up Call: The Future Is Here Early

For the 50 million of us who stood in the path of Hurricane Sandy and the rest who watched its devastation, isn't it time to ask our leaders how we can avoid a future where Frankenstorms like Sandy become the new normal?  We need common-sense strategies to prepare our communities to withstand a future with rising seas and with storms, droughts and wildfires on steroids.  We also must quickly harness American ingenuity to build a world powered by carbon-free energy that will stop pumping steroids into our climate system and lessen future risks.  We must do both and Sandy has reminded us that there's no time to lose. The future is here, a little early.

In Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Group Issues Report Saying Observed Climate Change Impacts "Have Little National Significance"

In 2009, a publicly funded assessment of the impacts of climate change, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, warned in its key findings that "coastal areas are at increasing risk from sea-level rise and storm surge." Now, just days after "Frankenstorm" Sandy pushed the most destructive and costly storm surge on record for the U.S. mid-Atlantic into the region's heavily populated coastal areas, the libertarian Cato Institute is treating Americans to a Halloween trick. It released today (31 October 2012) a slick study masquerading as an updated "Addendum" to the Federal report. In its key findings, Cato entirely drops any mention of storm surges and says the "[i]mpacts of observed climate change have little national significance."

Federal Report: Rising Seas and Climate Change Threaten Coasts, as Local Governments Shoulder Much of the Preparedness Burden

A new report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in coastal areas of the U.S. warns that coping with sea level rise and coastal disruption "will be a challenge for coastal economies that contributed $8.3 trillion to the GDP in 2011." It says that local governments will have to shoulder much of the burden of "making the critical, basic land-use and public investment decisions and ...working with community stakeholder groups to implement adaptive measures on the ground."

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