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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.

WWF Invites Cities in 15 Countries to Participate in Earth Hour City Challenge 2014

From May through October 2013, cities in 15 countries can register for the next annual round of WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge.  The challenge will highlight and reward cities that aggressively and creatively address climate change.  An international jury will evaluate the actions being taken by each city, and in March 2014, the city with the highest overall score will be awarded the title "Global Earth Hour Capital."  A national Earth Hour Capital also will be named in each participating country.

Chicago and WWF announce Launch of Chicago Cleanweb Challenge to Drive Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Innovation

Today (23 April 2013), Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced the launch of the Chicago Cleanweb Challenge, a year-long competition to accelerate sustainability and technology in Chicago through community engagement and entrepreneurship.  “By using big data to engage the public about the impacts of climate change, Chicago is leading the charge among U.S. cities, preparing residents for a future with more extreme weather events,” said Keya Chatterjee, World Wildlife Fund’s Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach. “Across the country, these types of innovative approaches are critical to protecting local communities and moving our cities toward a renewable energy future.

From Coast to Coast, Community Leaders Press Forward with Climate Preparedness Efforts

The White House announced yesterday (8 April 2013) the names of twelve “climate resilience leaders” who will be honored in a “Champions of Change” event on Thursday (11 April). “As we take action to reduce carbon pollution and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, we must also take action to prepare for the impacts of climate change we are already seeing, including more frequent and severe extreme weather,”  said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  The event comes just weeks after the World Wildlife Fund concluded its first annual Earth Hour City Challenge, during which Americans in 2,000 U.S. cities and counties challenged their mayors and city councils to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to prepare for the disruptive impacts of climate change.

Earth Hour 2013: Inspiring Commitments that Go Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour has just concluded another record sweep around our planet from Samoa on one side of the International Date Line to the Cook Islands on the other, with hundreds of millions again uniting to send a clear message - we are determined to create a sustainable future for our planet.

Earth Hour Kicks Off As Groundswell of Inspirational Action for the Environment Builds Up Around the World

Earth Hour, the lights-off initiative of the WWF that has become the iconic symbol of people’s concern and commitment to save the planet, kicked off in Samoa a few hours ago and is on its way across the globe as over 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities across more than 150 countries and territories go dark for an hour of expressed and inspired solidarity.

Kremlin and Red Square Switch off for the First Time for Earth Hour

For the very first time, Russia’s Kremlin, the residence of the President, and Red Square will switch off for Earth Hour tomorrow at 8:30PM to celebrate Earth Hour’s largest conservation outcome so far.

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.

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