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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.

Our Collision Course with Climate Change: a "10" on the Torino scale

Today (31 May 2013), Asteroid 1998 QE2 will come within 3.6  million miles of the earth, making it a “0” (No Hazard) on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale.  And what is a 10 on the Torino scale?  That would be a situation where "a collision is certain, capable of causing global climatic catastrophe that may threaten the future of civilization as we know it, whether impacting land or ocean. Such events occur on average once per 100,000 years, or less often."  It sounds like the hazard we're facing after pushing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations beyond 400 parts per million (ppm). But there are at least three important differences. 

Event on 6 June 2013: "Going to Extremes: The Alarming Science Behind Climate Change’s Increasingly Wild Weather"

Join us for a joint Climate Desk Live and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event moderated by Chris Mooney featuring Stu Ostro, Senior Director of Weather Communications at the Weather Channel; and Jennifer Francis, Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

Video: Extreme weather patterns and the possible role of climate change

Face the Nation (CBS) today (26 May 2013) features WFOR's Chief Meteorologist David Bernard, Climate Central's Chief Climatologist Heidi Cullen, TIME Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger and American Meteorological Society President Marshall Shepherd discussing recent extreme weather events, the upcoming hurricane season (starting 1 June), and the role of climate change in recent climate extremes.

New WWF web tool maps Arctic nature and activities

As Arctic Council Ministers prepare to meet to outline priorities for the Council’s next two years, WWF has released a mapping tool to help inform those priorities, ArkGIS.

U.S. Unveils Arctic Strategy while Announcing that Atmospheric Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide Have Surpassed Historic Level

The White House on Friday (10 May 2013) released a National Strategy for the Arctic Region, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that daily average atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) had on 9 May surpassed for the first time on record 400.00 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. The rise in CO2 concentrations, largely driven by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, is rapidly warming the Arctic.  The strategy acknowledges that “the current warming trend is unlike anything previously recorded” and that “there may be potentially profound environmental consequences of continued ocean warming and Arctic ice melt.” The document recognizes the Administration’s “global objective of combating the climatic changes that are driving these environmental conditions.” But the strategy also invokes U.S. security interests to argue that that “[c]ontinuing to responsibly develop Arctic oil and gas resources aligns with the United States `all of the above’ approach to developing new domestic energy sources.” In the absence of a U.S. low-carbon development strategy, is not clear how the U.S. ultimately will reconcile expanded fossil fuel production in the region with its commitment to combat climate change.

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.

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