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  • 2016 declared the hottest year on record

    January 18, 2017

    Earth’s surface temperatures in 2016 shattered all previous record highs since modern record keeping began in 1880. Much of the warming is attributed to climate change. 

    sea in in Ilulissat, Greenland
  • Will there be enough fish to feed the world in 2050?

    January 13, 2017

    The world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050. 

    Disappointingly small catch of Southern hake
  • A lioness sparks a love of the environment for Panda Ambassador Melissa Papp

    January 11, 2017

    As a Panda Ambassador, Melissa Papp focuses on rallying people together to take on specific conservation projects. She wants to help others understand how easy it is to live more sustainably and keep the planet healthy and vibrant for all animals.

    A female African lion in the grass.
  • 630 companies and investors tell Washington: Continue to act on climate change

    January 10, 2017

    Today 630 companies and investors called on Washington to accelerate the low-carbon economy in the United States and stand strongly behind the Paris Agreement, our first truly global plan to combat climate change.

    windmill
  • US government releases a new plan to protect polar bears

    January 09, 2017

    The Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, which focuses on actions for the two U.S. subpopulations in Alaska, stresses the importance of climate change mitigation in curbing the loss of the polar bear’s sea ice habitat.

    Polar bear with two cubs
  • Adapting to new challenges in the Tian Shan Mountains

    January 06, 2017

    The animals of the Central Tian Shan mountain range find protection from unlikely guardians: the residents of nearby mountain communities. 

    A landscape image with a man in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
  • A new way to predict and prevent the end of coral reefs

    January 05, 2017

    For the first time, researchers have created models to predict when, where, and to what extent coral bleaching will occur in reefs around the world at a finer scale than ever before.

    coral bleaching
  • A monumental win for elephants: China will ban ivory trade by 2017

    December 30, 2016

    Today, we celebrate another big win for elephant conservation with China’s game-changing decision to end domestic ivory trade by 2017. The new regulations come as part of the government’s efforts to reduce demand for elephant ivory and help end the global elephant poaching crisis.

    African elephant
  • US permanently protects some of the Arctic's most important marine areas

    December 20, 2016

    Just one week after scientists warned of unprecedented change brought on by warming in the Arctic, President Obama announced permanent protection for 115 million acres of federal waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Including previous presidential withdrawals, today's action protects nearly 125 million acres in the offshore Arctic from future oil and gas activity.

    Aerial view of Arctic sea ice landscape
  • Nicholas Hoult joins WWF in Nepal to learn about rhino conservation

    December 19, 2016

    Nicholas Hoult traveled to Chitwan National Parkin in Nepal to learn about Nepal's and WWF's conservation efforts to protect the greater one-horned rhinos that are threatened by poaching and habitat loss, among other dangers. 

    Nicholas Hoult with a baby rhino
  • Rainbow-headed snake, dragon-like lizard among 163 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong

    WWF report Species Oddity documents the work of hundreds of scientists who recently discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong Region. 

    A rainbow-headed snake
  • Report warns of unprecedented struggles in a warming Arctic

    December 13, 2016

    The Arctic is seeing unprecedented declines in sea ice and snow cover triggered by abnormally warm temperatures, according to a new report, the Arctic Report Card, released by the US government.

    Ringed seals resting, Chuckchi Sea
  • Record low sea ice impacts polar bears

    December 07, 2016

    As the planet warms, we’re seeing a startling loss of Arctic sea ice. This is a major concern when it comes to wildlife conservation—particularly for polar bears. Dr. Klenzendorf shares her experience observing polar bears in Churchill.

    polar bear walking on ice
  • Protecting snow leopards and pandas with Disneynature's Born in China

    December 06, 2016

    Through the release of its new film, Born in China, Disneynature takes moviegoers on a journey into the wilds of China. The film will support WWF’s comprehensive conservation efforts in China and funds raised from Born in China will focus on improving landscape connectivity and integrity across three landscapes that are home to the species in the film and covering the traditional range of the giant panda. 

  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

    December 01, 2016

    The past year has shown us that when we work together, we can challenge the threats to nature and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing. Take a look at 2016 in review.

    Elephants close
  • Creating a better future in the face of a changing climate

    WWF Panda Ambassador Jason Blackburn attended the 2016 Fuller Science for Nature Symposium at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, on Nov. 15. Every year WWF brings together a diverse array of experts to discuss a given conservation topic. This year’s symposium, 2° LATER Resilience in a Changing World, focused on using resilience to rethink conservation and sustainability in the age of climate change.

  • Arrival of baby orangutan is a symbol of hope for conservation in Sumatra

    November 30, 2016

    One of the last great stands of rain forest in the deforestation hotspot of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has welcomed an exciting new addition: a baby female orangutan. The infant is the first orangutan born in the Thirty Hills conservation concession since WWF and its partners began managing the 100,000-acre forest in 2015.

    Orangutan Violet with her newborn baby
  • A better road ahead for wild tigers

    November 23, 2016

    Earlier this year, WWF estimated an increase in the number of tigers worldwide, up to 3,890 in 2016 from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. But success to date is tenous: According to a new report from WWF, tigers now face a threat far greater than many we’ve tackled before: linear infrastructure.

    Sumatran tiger
  • Cedar and steel: a day in the life of a young rancher

    November 22, 2016

    Kate Rasmussen of South Dakota offers readers a glimpse into the life of a next-generation rancher from the Northern Great Plains, one of the largest remaining intact grasslands in the world. WWF is partnering with organizations such as the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition in support of ranching families and grassland stewards like the Rasmussen family.

    A cow standing in the grasslands of Montana
  • New anti-poaching technology leads to dozens of arrests of wildlife criminals in Africa

    November 21, 2016

    WWF installed a new thermal infrared camera that can identify poachers from afar by their body heat—even in the dead of night—and it has since transformed the way rangers track down and apprehend criminals since its introduction in March.

    A man installing solar panels for FLIR camera system
  • US drilling plans spare Arctic’s federal waters

    November 18, 2016

    America’s Arctic will be free of new offshore oil and gas drilling, at least for the next five years, and that’s good news for people and wildlife. WWF and 225,000 of our activists opposed drilling in the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chuckchi seas due to the tremendous risk to indigenous communities, wildlife, and their environment.

    Polar Bear Swimming
  • Nine big wins for the world’s tigers

    November 17, 2016

    In November 2010, 13 tiger range countries came together and made an unprecedented pledge: to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Mobilized by a century of dramatic decline, leaders convened in St. Petersburg, Russia to sign a declaration boosting tiger conservation efforts. This initial effort has led to significant momentum and progress, and for the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are on the rise. Here are some highlights from the last six years. 

    Bengal cub walking in a meadow in India
  • Falling to the plow: North America’s Grasslands losing more habitat than the Brazilian Amazon

    November 16, 2016

    North America's Grasslands, a landscape that once seemed to offer the promise of endless resources, are being lost to the plow faster than deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. This year, WWF is releasing the first edition of a new annual publication called the Plowprint Report, whose purpose is to track annual grassland conversion to cropland across the Great Plains, and to provide a consistent way to measure the loss of this important habitat type.

    Badlands National Park
  • Community leaders work to protect Papua's forests and fight climate change

    November 09, 2016

    Community leaders in Papua are inspiring people to support the approach that local communities, WWF, and others are starting to use to save Papua’s forests—which are some of the largest remaining intact forests in Southeast Asia, but are increasingly at risk of being destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations, as well as mining and industrial logging operations.

    Alex Waisimon