The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to launch its latest report in Japan Monday outlining how global warming is affecting wildlife, food supplies, water and the weather globally.

"It's fortuitous timing that as millions of people take part in WWF's Earth Hour, the world's leading scientists release the latest IPCC report, which highlights the various impacts of climate change," Colin Butfield, director of public engagement and campaigns at WWF-UK, was quoted as saying.

"The significance of these two events is massive. Climate change is the biggest environmental threat facing our planet, it's real, it's happening right now, and we need to act fast," he added.

The world famous landmarks which will dim their lights to join in the celebration of the Earth Hour includes the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Houses of the British Parliament, Buckingham palace, Tower Bridge and the London Eye in Britain, the Empire State building in New York, the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

The Earth Hour, launched in 2007 in Australia, has become the world's biggest environmental event.

WWF in 2014 is launching Earth Hour Blue, a digital crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing platform that enables participants to help raise funds and take action on various environmental issues.

Projects open for donation range from a solar-lighting project to reduce human-wildlife conflict in India to teaching fisherman in the Philippines how to build boats without using wood from the local forests.

"For us the symbolism or turning your lights off will always be important. But the big thing for us has always been how to push it beyond the hour," said Earth Hour's CEO and co-founder Andy Ridley.

 According to reports by the WWF, the awareness and funding generated by Earth Hour has led to several significant conservation successes in the past few years.


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