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  • Thai Ivory Ban Needed to Help Save Elephants

    January 15, 2013

    WWF has launched a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants. Thailand is the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world and a top driver of poaching and illegal trade.

  • Beaverton's Path to Sustainability

    January 14, 2013

    The suburban city of Beaverton has outsized ambitions for climate action and sustainability that belie its size.

  • WWF Launches New iPad App to Bring the World’s Most Amazing Animals ‘Together’

    January 14, 2013

    Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, ‘WWF Together’ is a unique interactive experience that brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover the animal’s lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo.

    WWF Together App: Pandas
  • Conservation Win for Whales

    January 10, 2013

    At the urging of international governments and conservation organizations—including WWF—South Korea did not follow through on their intention to begin killing an endangered population of minke whales in 2013.

  • Record Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa

    January 10, 2013

    Poaching statistics released by the South African government reveal 668 rhinos were slaughtered—a 50% increase over 2011 and a staggering 5000% increase since 2007. Already, an additional five rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.

  • Working Together to Help Save Tigers

    January 08, 2013

    The first joint tiger survey in the Terai Arc Landscape was announced by the governments of India and Nepal. With help from WWF, this new tiger survey will use camera traps and other tools estimate tiger populations in an effort to protect this landscape that is home to an estimated 500 tigers.

  • Concerns Over Arctic Drilling Grow as Oil Rig Runs Aground in Alaska

    January 02, 2013

    An oil drilling rig operated by Shell Oil Company ran aground on a pristine wildlife-rich island in Alaska after a series of technological failures in gale force winds and high seas—driving home WWF's serious concerns about drilling in icy and remote Arctic waters.

    Kulluk sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska,
  • Remarkable Species Discovered in Southeast Asia

    December 18, 2012

    A new bat named after its fiendish appearance, a subterranean blind fish, a ruby-eyed pit viper, and a frog that sings like a bird are among the 126 species from the Greater Mekong newly identified by scientists and highlighted in a new WWF report.

  • A Hard Look at Sustainability Certifications

    December 14, 2012

    WWF’s Jason Clay examines the impacts of certification and its potential to achieve lasting results for conservation and people

    FSC logo painted on sustainable harvested logs. Uzachi forest, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Integrating Nature’s Value into the Bottom Line

    December 14, 2012

    Coca-Cola is working to protect freshwater resources and ensure a sustainable future

  • At Work Among the Coral Reefs

    December 12, 2012

    Surveying the coral reefs of the Raja Ampat islands, WWF's Helen Fox works to protect marine areas for generations to come.

     

  • Wildlife Crime a Threat to Regional Security

    December 12, 2012

    A new report on the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking details its unprecedented scale and global implications. Current global efforts to fight illegal wildlife trade are failing because wildlife crime is seen as an environmental problem first and then a criminal issue. At the same time, organized crime syndicates and rebel groups involved with wildlife crimes are increasing. Profits from wildlife trafficking could be used to purchase weapons, finance civil conflicts and underwrite terrorist-related activities.

  • Cities Commit to Prepare for Climate Change

    November 29, 2012

    Local governments across the U.S. join WWF’s inaugural Earth Hour City Challenge.

  • In Vietnam, Helping Catfish Farming Become More Sustainable

    November 27, 2012

    Farmed seafood is a rapidly growing industry and will represent a major source of protein in the worlds future food supply. It is imperative that farmed seafood is produced responsibly. A new certification agreement in Vietnam is a model for how both government and industry can ensure that is the case in the future.

    Pangasius aquaculture
  • Leading Change on the Water

    November 20, 2012

    Fisheries are complex entities with multiple actors and pressures shaping their future. Jesse Marsh leads WWF’s Major Buyer Initiative, which works with leading seafood buyers to advance their commitments to sustainable seafood and support suppliers on their journey towards Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

    Jesse Marsh
  • Uncertain Future for Polar Bears

    November 20, 2012

    Large swaths of Arctic sea ice shrink every summer in the northern ocean, but September 2012 showed the lowest amount of sea ice on record. Changes to the Arctic environment affect communities and species—especially ice-dependent animals like polar bears. WWF’s Rhys Gerholdt visited the frozen Arctic to see polar bears and reflects on the challenges ahead in this rapidly changing climate.

    Cubs chasing mother polar bear
  • Saving the Northern Great Plains

    November 16, 2012

    The communities and wildlife of the Northern Great Plains have not suffered the fate of the Dust Bowl on the Southern Plains. But threats loom—runaway oil and gas development, a changing climate, and agriculture policies that incentivize conversion of grasslands and wetlands to crops, regardless of expectations for crop success.

  • Rare Dolphin Offered a Second Chance

    November 15, 2012

    There are fewer than 100 Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River of Southeast Asia, and researchers fear the numbers are shrinking even further. But now the dolphins may have something to smile about. In September local government agencies in Cambodia agreed to work with WWF to conserve dolphins and minimize or eliminate deaths from gillnets.

    Irrawaddy dolphin breaching
  • Good News for Mountain Gorillas

    November 13, 2012

    A population increase for mountain gorillas is proof that the intense and innovative efforts of the conservation community are bringing positive change. A recent census by the Uganda Wildlife Authority identified 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park bringing the overall population estimate to 880, an increase from the 786 estimated in 2010.

    Congo Basin Gorilla