General Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

UN Secretary General: Turn Lights out for Earth Hour, then "Shed Light on Common Sense Answers for a Cleaner, Greener world."

In a message to the world on the eve of the seventh Earth Hour, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says:  "Around the globe, increasingly extreme weather is harming families, communities and economiesEveryone has a role to play. Governments need to provide the political will, businesses can contribute solutions, and civil society, especially young people, can mobilise global action.  Together, let’s do our part and shed light on common sense answers for a cleaner, greener world."

Oldest Capital in the United States -- Santa Fe, New Mexico -- Joins WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge

Noting that "cities across America are currently facing the staggering costs of weather driven to extremes by climate change, and the resulting power outages, flooded roadways, shuttered businesses, and damaged homes are becoming more and more frequent,"  the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on 13 March approved a resolution accepting WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge.

City of Atlanta to Participate in Earth Hour 2013

Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilmember Aaron Watson call on residents and businesses to conserve energy by turning off non-essential lights for one hour.

Dirty Dishes and Climate Change: Taking a Small First Step Toward a Safer Future

"I hate cleaning the kitchen. I put it off until it becomes a growling, reeking monster," says Lou Leonard, head of WWF's climate program in this piece reposted from the Huffington Post.  However, he adds, it doesn't have to be this way. "Even when the job seems too big, take it in chunks, something easy first, build your momentum...It turns out, this approach works for big problems beyond my kitchen -- from eating healthy to getting more exercise to moving away from dangerous fossil fuels and tackling climate change."

San Francisco Named Earth Hour Capital

In recognition of San Francisco’s comprehensive efforts to promote renewable energy and prepare its residents for extreme weather and other consequences of climate change, an international jury has named the city U.S. Earth Hour Capital for 2013. As part of this honor, the city will receive World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour Climate Leaders Award and $30,000 to support its work engaging San Franciscans around climate impacts on the city’s future.

Millions Across the Globe to “Go Dark” for Earth Hour on March 23; San Francisco named 2013 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital

This Saturday (23 March 2013), front porches, businesses, town halls and iconic landmarks across America and around the world will go dark as non-essential lights are switched off for one hour in celebration of the world’s largest voluntary environmental action.  “In addition to raising global awareness, we are also transforming that excitement into local action to prepare our communities for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change,” says Keya Chatterjee, director of international climate policy for WWF.  San Francisco is the 2013 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital, having been selected from a group of 29 U.S. cities participating in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge – an annual initiative recognizing cities preparing for increasingly extreme weather and promoting renewable energy.  San Francisco, along with Chicago and Cleveland, will receive WWF’s Earth Hour Climate Leaders Award and $30,000 to support their efforts to engage residents in local climate action.

Vancouver Crowned Global Earth Hour Capital 2013 "for Its Innovative Actions on Climate Change"

WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) has recognised the City of Vancouver, Canada, for its innovative actions on climate change and dedication to create a sustainable, pleasant urban environment for current and future residents.

The Greatest American (Climate) Heroes

Quick, without thinking about it, answer this question: What's the most important thing that's happened in America on climate change over the past year? The tragedy of Superstorm Sandy? President Obama's State of the Union address? Sixty percent of America in the grip of a devastating drought? All fair answers. But here's mine: The leadership of American cities.

Obama Highlights Emerging Impacts of Climate Change, Calls for Energy Transformation and for Community Climate Preparedness

In his State of the Union address last night (12 February 2013), President Obama said that "for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change."  He pledged to "come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."  He said that "if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will." Lou Leonard, WWF’s head of climate change, responded: "It was encouraging to see President Obama connect the dots between extreme weather and dirty energy, and to be clear that he won't wait for Congress to act.  Cities and towns on the front lines of extreme weather can't afford more excuses from Washington."

Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco Recognized for Citywide Efforts to Address Climate Change

Chicago, Cincinnati and San Francisco have been selected as U.S. finalists in World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long challenge rewarding cities that are preparing for increasingly extreme weather and promoting renewable energy. Both Chicago and Cincinnati experienced their warmest years on record in 2012.  

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