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WWF Climate Blog Has Moved to New Location

The WWF climate blog now is located at a different Web address: worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.  All posts since May 2013 are at that location, while older posts will remain archived on this site.  The new site will have a single RSS feed at worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.rss.

Study Predicts Dramatic Decline in Plants and Animals Unless Greenhouse Gas Emissions are Sharply Reduced

An international team of researchers reported today (Sunday 12 May 2013) in the journal Nature Climate Change, that the climate disruption from rapidly rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could result in a dramatic decline in more than one half of the world’s common plants and one third of the animals by the end of the century.  “Our research predicts that climate change will greatly reduce the diversity of even very common species found in most parts of the world,” said Dr Rachel Warren, leader of the study from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. “This loss of global-scale biodiversity would significantly impoverish the biosphere and the ecosystem services it provides.”  She said the loss could be prevented with “swift action to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases.”

WWF: Governments Fail on Ambition, Courage at UN Climate Change Talks

After two weeks of sparring and a day-long extension, governments once again failed today to provide the inspiration and ambition to tackle climate change and provide hope for hundreds of millions around the world who suffer and will continue to suffer from climate-related impacts. Governments reached a weak agreement that established a Green Climate Fund with little money, postponed major decisions on the content of the Kyoto Protocol, and made an unclear commitment to a global agreement from 2020 that could leave us legally bound to 4 degrees of global warming.

Music to Keep Hope Alive in Final Hours of Climate Negotiations and Beyond

It is two weeks into the 17th annual meeting of the parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Durban, and delegates are struggling to reach an agreement during the meeting's final hours.  Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions are rising and from the Arctic to the Antarctic, evidence is mounting that we are disrupting the planet's climate.  U.S. folksingers Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie remind us in their song "Quite Early Morning" (1975) to remain hopeful and to soldier on.

Video and Statement from Climate Negotiations: Seize the Moment to "Get us Back on Track" and avoid Catastrophic Consequences

Durban, South Africa: Government leaders are still not seeing the big picture—we are here to address catastrophic climate change, WWF said today ahead of the closing of the climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

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.

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.

WWF, Oxfam and Ship Owners Band Together To Reduce Emissions from Shipping

In the long struggle to address climate change, it’s not common that a trade association of a heavy-emitting sector joins forces with WWF to call for regulation on emission reductions for that sector.

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