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WWF works to reduce effects of global warming

In an effort to reduce the effects of global warming, including an increase in polar bear drownings, World Wildlife Fund is working to educate people, businesses and governments around the world about the importance of reducing CO2 emissions.

Off the coast of Alaska, temperatures have gone up some 4 degrees [Fahrenheit] in the last 50 years, and as a result, polar bears drownings are on the rise because the Arctic sea ice is melting. Although polar bears are strong swimmers, they become exhausted with fewer and fewer pieces of ice for them to feed and rest upon.

Global warming is caused by people burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This carbon pollution blankets our planet and traps in heat.

WWF helps spread the word on alternatives and solutions.

Global warming poses significant threats, including a rise in sea level, increased drought and flooding, spread of disease and more extreme weather events like hurricanes. Only with the support of members like you are we able to reduce the threat.

WWF's Climate Savers program provides resources and recognition for businesses, such as IBM and Nike, willing to reduce their carbon pollution and implement cleaner energy solutions. WWF is also working with the power sector which is responsible for 37 percent of CO2 pollution. As of 2005, we've partnered with 9 utility companies in our PowerSwitch! initiative that will bring more clean energy to households across the country.

Read more about WWF's efforts to reduce the effects of global warming