American Leadership for the Global Climate Crisis

American Leadership for the Global Climate Crisis

Date: January 2009
Creator: WWF
Description: This paper discusses several key areas where U.S. policy should be reshaped, both domestically and internationally, to ensure we lead the world towards a safe, sustainable future. We should: Establish a price for carbon by adopting an ambitious 2020 emissions reduction target. Make investments and adopt policies to stimulate a green economy. Lead the world toward an effective and equitable global climate agreement Support efforts to stop emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries. Contribute to global financing mechanisms for climate mitigation and adaptation in the developing world. Ensure that climate change-related impacts are addressed under the Endangered Species Act. Improve science and information to prepare communities and ecosystems for unavoidable climate change. Build public support for sustained action to fight climate change
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A Copenhagen Climate Treat Version 1.0 : Legal text A proposal for an amended Kyoto Protocol and a new Copenhagen Protocol

A Copenhagen Climate Treat Version 1.0 : Legal text A proposal for an amended Kyoto Protocol and a new Copenhagen Protocol

Date: January 2009
Creator: NGO community
Description: This document contains a draft version of how the agreement in Copenhagen could look like – in legal form. This is very much a work in progress. The purpose of this exercise is two fold : a) to outline to Parties how the agreement could fit together substantively and b) to demonstrate that the two Protocol option is a feasible and desirable outcome for the legal form. Attempts have been made through provisions in both the proposed Copenhagen Protocol and the amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to unify the accounting, reporting and verification of as well as compliance with emission reduction targets for industrialized countries and to create a forum for these bodies (CMCP & CMKP) to jointly develop rules in the future. It is possible that not every T has been crossed or i dotted and further provisions or amendments linking the two may be required.
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Species Fact Sheet: Illegal and Unsustainable Wildlife Trade

Species Fact Sheet: Illegal and Unsustainable Wildlife Trade

Date: 2006
Creator: Traffic
Description: Each year, hundreds of millions of plants and animals are caught or harvested from the wild and then sold as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather, tourist curios, and medicine. While a great deal of this trade is legal and is not harming wild populations, a worryingly large proportion is illegal ? and threatens the survival of many endangered species. With over exploitation being the second-largest direct threat to many species after habitat loss, WWF is addressing illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade as a priority issue.
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Whales in Hot Water? The Impact of a Changing Climate on Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A Call For Action

Whales in Hot Water? The Impact of a Changing Climate on Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A Call For Action

Date: May 2007
Creator: Elliott, Wendy
Description: Warmer ocean temperatures and melting sea ice in the polar regions may jeopardise the ecology of the Arctic and Antarctic feeding grounds of many large whales.
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Reinventing the City: Three Prerequisites for Greening Urban Infrastructures

Reinventing the City: Three Prerequisites for Greening Urban Infrastructures

Date: March 2010
Creator: WWF International
Description: This report from the WWF discusses how city infrastructure can be modernized to reduce carbon emissions and increase general environmental sustainability.
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.Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications

.Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications

Date: August 2009
Creator: Sommerkorn, Martin
Description: This WWF report addresses sea-level rise and the associated flooding of coastal regions that may affect more than a quarter of the world’s population.
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Polar Bears at Risk

Polar Bears at Risk

Date: May 2002
Creator: Norris, Stefan; Norris, Stefan & Eid,Pål Martin
Description: Satisfactory monitoring information has been obtained for most polar bear populations in recent years, however there is concern about hunting in areas without formal quota systems, such as Greenland. A range of toxic pollutants, including heavy metals, radioactivity, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are found throughout the Arctic. Of greatest concern are the effects of POPs on polar bears, which include a general weakening of the immune system, reduced reproductive success and physical deformities. The expansion of oil development in the Arctic poses additional threats; for example, disturbances to denning females in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska could undermine recruitment of the Beaufort Sea polar bear population.
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Arctic Climate Impact Science — An Update Since ACIA

Arctic Climate Impact Science — An Update Since ACIA

Date: April 2008
Creator: WWF International Arctic Programme.
Description: The study found that change was occuring in all Arctic systems, impacting on the atmosphere and the oceans, sea ice and ice sheets, snow and permafrost, as well as species and populations, food webs, ecosystems and human societies.
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Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications Executive Summary

Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications Executive Summary

Date: November 2009
Creator: Sommerkorn, Martin & Hassol, Susan Joy
Description: .
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Making Energy-Efficiency Happen: From Potential to Reality: An Assessment of  Policies and Measures in G8 Plus 5 Countries, with Recommendations for Decision Makers at National and International Level

Making Energy-Efficiency Happen: From Potential to Reality: An Assessment of Policies and Measures in G8 Plus 5 Countries, with Recommendations for Decision Makers at National and International Level

Date: May 2007
Creator: Klessmann, Corinna; Graus, Wina; Harmelink, Mirjam & Geurts, Fieke
Description: The WWF report shows that G8 plus 5 countries have even greater energy efficiency potentials in these sectors and that endorsing these targets is technically and economically feasible for all countries. It estimates the efficiency potential for the transport sector at 25-50 per cent, for the building sector at 30-45 per cent, and for the power sector at 4-45 per cent by the year 2030, depending on the country.
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