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Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona: Will you join us for Earth Hour Celebration?

The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona today invited their scouts and friends to Tucson’s Earth Hour celebration on Saturday, March 31.

"Power to Prepare Tucson" Summit: Faced with more Extreme Weather, Citizens Engage in City's Climate Preparedness Efforts

On Saturday the City of Tucson, Arizona, is bringing its citizens together to discuss the challenges climate change poses for the city and the opportunities to respond. "As an Arizonan and former Governor, I’m proud to see the City of Tucson take up the challenge to prepare for these serious changes and work with the public on solutions," says former Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt.  "These are big challenges, but they are ones we can overcome...The first step is to look the problem square in the eye, rather than bury our heads in the sand; the second is to prepare for the impacts." 

Researchers Release Major Draft Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Southwest

The Southwest Climate Alliance released today a review draft of the Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States.  It is the first major regional climate assessment of the Southwest in over a decade, a period during which evidence of climate change and its impacts have rapidly emerged in the region.  Though not proceeding apace, actions in the region to prepare for future impacts are emerging -- even as efforts to address climate change at the Federal level have been stymied.

International Panel Highlights “Climate Resilient Cities,” as Communities Mobilize for Changing Weather Patterns

“In an increasingly urbanized world, global sustainability in the context of a changing climate will depend on achieving sustainable and climate resilient cities,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says today (28 March 2012).  Cities are increasingly experiencing the disruptive and costly impacts of changes in the frequency and/or severity of weather extremes.  Responding to the trends, city officials are engaging their citizens in efforts to build more resilient, better prepared and more sustainable communities. On Saturday the City of Tucson, Arizona, is bringing its citizens together to discuss the challenges climate change poses the city and the opportunities to respond.  At the event, WWF will launch its Earth Hour City Challenge to encourage cities across the country to similarly engage their citizens around climate impacts and preparedness.

Biggest Icons to Switch Off for Earth Hour

From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Empire State Building in New York City, the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa to the Leaning Tower in Pisa in Italy – at 8:30PM on March 31, the most visually captivating icons will go dark for Earth Hour 2012.

Arctic Temperatures Continue Rapid Rise as 2011 Breaks Record Set in 2010

NASA yesterday (19 January 2012) released data showing that last year temperatures in the Arctic rose beyond the record established in 2010 -- setting a new record for 2011. News of the record Arctic temperatures follows a series of alarming developments related to the Arctic in recent months.

Video and Transcript: Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Al Franken Team Up for a Colloquy on Climate Change

Yesterday evening (14 December 2011) Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat, Rhode Island) and Al Franken (Democrat, Minnesota) spent an hour on the floor of the U.S. Senate repudiating climate change denialists and arguing for serious U.S. action on climate chhange.  We provide the video and transcript.

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.

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