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Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Backed by 21,000 Signatures, WWF and ActionAid Call for "Bold Steps" by U.S. Climate Negotiators

On behalf of their organizations and 21,000 petition signers, ActionAid USA and WWF-US today (8 December 2011) delivered a call for "bold steps" by U.S. climate negotiators in Durban, South Africa. 

Emissions Transparency: High Priority for the US in Durban, Lower Priority at Home?

Deferral granted by the Environmental Protection Agency risks the ability to verify emissions data from individual facilities.

Girl Scouts USA Announce "Girl Scouts Forever Green" Project, Including Participation in Earth Hour 2012

Girl Scouts of the USA announced today (6 December 2011) the launch of Girl Scouts Forever Green, its signature project marking the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary. In 2012, the Girl Scouts will focus on three main projects: Reduce Waste, Earth Hour, and Rain Gardens.

Support Builds for Mechanism to Reduce Emissions and Raise Climate Finance from Shipping

Members of Congress call on the Obama Administration to support the Green Climate Fund and innovative financing from international transportation.

Video: Americans Feel Emerging Impacts of Climate Change, as U.S. Negotiators Show Lack of Urgency

Keya Chatterjee, Director of International Climate Policy for WWF-US, comments from the climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, on the extraordinary year of climate extremes experienced this year in the U.S., on the negotiations and on what you can do to make a difference.

U.S. Lacks National Climate Change Preparedness Strategy, Lagging Behind Leading Developed and Industrialized Countries

WWF’s new brief on Planning Development in a Carbon Constrained World (Dec 2011) shows that leading national governments in both industrialized and developing countries are not only well ahead of the U.S. government in their initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but also have progressed much further in preparing for the impacts of climate change. 

Planning Development in a Carbon Constrained World

A growing number of national governments are developing and implementing plans to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while preparing for the impacts of climate change.  Some already are years ahead of the U.S., which has no such national strategies.

Brazil's Low Carbon Development Plan

Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change (2008) seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, while achieving Brazil’s development objectives. Those development goals include a “commitment to reduce social inequality and to increase income” while “not repeating the pattern and the standards of the countries that have already industrialized.” It is a “dynamic plan, a work in progress to be constantly revaluated.

Germany's Low Carbon Development Plan

Germany is to become one of the most energy-efficient and greenest economies in the world while enjoying competitive energy prices and a high level of prosperity," says the German government in Energy concept for an Environmentally Sound, Reliable and Affordable Energy Supply (2010). "At the same time, a high level of energy security, effective environmental and climate protection and the provision of an economically viable energy supply are necessary for Germany to remain a competitive industrial base in the long term.” 

The UK's Low Carbon Development Plan

The context for the UK’s low-carbon development planning was established by the Climate Change Act 2008, setting a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 underpinned by a system of five-year carbon budgets. This was followed in 2009 by the five-point Low Carbon Transition Plan seeking to (1) Protect the public from immediate risk (2) Prepare for the future, (3) Limit the severity of future climate change through a new international agreement, (4) Build a low carbon U.K. (5) Support individuals, communities and businesses to play their part.  The plan on 1 December 2011 was superceded when the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change released The Carbon Plan: Delivering our Low Carbon Future.

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