Fundamental environmental changes are transforming our planet. We must adapt to conserve our planet in the coming centuries. Climate adaptation—the process of adjusting to and anticipating the impacts of man-made climate change—seeks to reduce the vulnerability of people and nature to its impacts and uncertainties.
Today Richmond is one of 29 participating cities in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge. But in the 1970s and 1980s the situation was far different. Pollution from tobacco plantations and chemicals plants had sullied the river to the point where fishing in the James River was banned in 1975.
To stay in front of climate change, WWF scientists develop innovative tools to assess and map climate vulnerability, build science capacity, and foster science-based, adaptive solutions and sustainable practices.
WWF develops corridor networks to help connect critical habitat areas and increase species’ opportunity for survival. This type of work helps protect snow leopards in the Himalayas, which are experiencing added pressure due to climate-driven changes in their treeline habitat.
Through map-based vulnerability assessments, WWF develops methods to accurately identify the most threatened sea turtle nesting sites. We overlay that information with sea level and temperature baselines to measure any subsequent loss of habitat.
WWF also develops tools that allow scientists and policymakers to better understand the vulnerability of freshwater resources. This information is used to inform conservation and development decisions at local, national, and international levels.
Through two dozen interviews with Fortune and Global 100 executives and analysis of public disclosures, the report finds that clean energy practices are becoming standard procedure for some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.