The report focuses on four phenomena and/or regions where climate change may push the Earth system past tipping points with significant impacts within this century: sea level rise, particularly along the northeast U.S. coast, shifts in the Indian summer monsoon combined with the melting of Himalayan glaciers, Amazon die-back and drought, and shift in aridity in southwest North America. The report was produced by WWF and Allianz SE.
Forests in the Amazon are increasingly threatened by illegal and unsustainable logging. Each year the Amazon’s forests are reduced by as much as 27,000 km2—roughly the size of Massachusetts. As the world’s top importer of forest products, the United States contributes significantly to this deforestation and forest degradation through increased market demand for high value commercial species, including mahogany and Spanish cedar.
Over the past few decades, the Arctic has warmed at about twice the rate of the rest of the globe. The impact of this on the Arctic’s physical systems, biological systems, and human inhabitants is large and projected to grow throughout this century and beyond.
This report concludes that sea-levels will very likely rise by more than one meter by 2100 -- more than twice the amount given in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 assessment that had excluded the contribution of ice sheets from their projection.
Analysis by WWF of palm oil production in Kalimantan, Indonesia, found that by pursuing a strategy of yield intensification and planting on degraded lands, the palm oil industry would effectively be able to tackle financial hurdles, minimize impact on biodiversity, and meet climate change criteria in terms of carbon payback without further deforestation.
This policy reaffirms WWF’s commitment to embrace a pro-poor approach to conservation to strive to find equitable solutions for people and the environment and makes special efforts to enable local people to play a key part in crafting solutions for sustainable development.
Forests in the Amur-Heilong watershed, particularly those in the Russian Far East, are under tremendous pressure to supply timber to meet growing global demand for wood products. Increasing demand for this timber over the last two decades has fueled illegal and unsustainable logging in some of the Amur’s most valuable and threatened forests.
For more than five decades, WWF has collaborated with indigenous peoples and local communities on activities such as conservation area management, sustainable use of natural resources, and policy advocacy on issues of shared concern. Our approach and some of our project successes are summarized in this fact sheet.
In 2009, WWF joined with other international conservation organizations to adopt this framework, which reflects WWF’s interest to promote integration of human rights in conservation policy and practice.
This WWF report assesses human-wildlife conflict cases, focusing on elephants. Often the scale of the damage that they cause, and the fact that they can injure or even kill humans, makes them the species that communities most fear.
This fact sheet details the largest issues facing the Arctic as a result of climate change, including the melting of permafrost and the subsequent release of methane and CO2, and provides an overview of how they negatively impact Arctic vegetation and the ability for Arctic species to survive.
This fact sheet focuses on the effects of new species migrating to the area and creating competition for food and possibly importing new parasites and diseases. In addition, migratory birds arriving to the Arctic from non-Arctic areas will experience the disappearance of their stop-over nesting sites as a result of rising sea levels.