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  • The Mighty Mekong at Risk

    November 07, 2012

    The Mekong River’s spectacular biodiversity, rich fisheries and the livelihoods of millions are all at grave risk after the government of Laos broke ground on November 7, 2012 on a massive hydropower dam. The Xayaburi dam will be the first dam to span the entire mainstem of the lower Mekong River—home to more than 1100 freshwater fish species.

    Greater Mekong People and Communities
  • New Hope for Marine Life

    November 06, 2012

    On November 6, 2012, the Government of Mozambique announced the creation of the second largest marine protected area in Africa. Made up of ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, this coastal marine reserve in the Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago will cover more than 4020 square miles and contains abundant coral and turtle species.

    Local fishermen
  • Record Rains Motivate Vermont Citizens to Prepare for a Changing Climate

    November 02, 2012

    Record rains in 2011, coupled with a tradition of environmental leadership and citizen engagement, moved the city of Burlington, Vermont, to update its Climate Action Plan and join WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge. Hear their story and learn why Jennifer Green, the city’s sustainability coordinator, is determined to make a difference.

    Flooding in Vermont
  • Pallas’s Cat Photographed for First Time in Bhutan

    October 31, 2012

    Camera traps have captured the first-ever photographic evidence of the Pallas’s cat in Bhutan’s Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP). Also known as manul, this cat is a primitive species, defined by a strikingly flat head with high-set eyes and low-set ears that enable it to peer over rocky ledges in search of prey.

    Pallas Cat
  • Peru Takes Major Step for Amazon Conservation

    October 31, 2012

    There is new and critical protection for wildlife and indigenous communities in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The government of Peru designated three new Amazon protected areas-encompassing nearly 1.5 million acres-securing a tri-national conservation corridor.

    Peru Amazon
  • Marine Expedition Reveals Fascinating Species and Urgent Need for Protection

    October 24, 2012

    The ovulid sea snail boasts a remarkable ability to camouflage itself by taking on the appearance of its favorite food—corals. A new underwater survey by WWF and other scientists recently found at least 25 different species of these beautifully colored and patterned snails in an area of the Coral Triangle. The two-and-a-half-week survey was part of a scientific expedition to explore the underwater world of Tun Mustapha Park—a proposed marine protected area.

    sea snail on coral
  • Hong Kong Ivory Bust Underscores Global Scale of Wildlife Crime

    October 23, 2012

    A major ivory seizure in Hong Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products—estimated to be valued at over $3.4 million and potentially equivalent to 500 elephants.

  • Freezing the Footprint of Food

    October 23, 2012

    By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another two billion people. How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century. At WWF, we have identified eight steps, when taken together, could produce enough food for all and still maintain a living planet.

    Organic Agriculture
  • New Transboundary Corridor Established for Tigers

    October 22, 2012

    On October 18, 2012, Russia established the “Sredneussuriisky” Wildlife Refuge—covering nearly 180,000 acres—which will allow Amur tigers access between Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountains and the Wandashan mountains in China.

    Amur Tiger Yawning
  • Protecting the World’s Common Oceans

    October 19, 2012

    There is new hope for conservation of the world’s oceans. Governments discussing the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderbad, India, on Thursday, October 18, 2012 agreed on a way forward to protect oceans and initiated a process to improve conservation standards for marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

    School of Fish in Fiji
  • Record Poaching for Rhinos in South Africa

    October 17, 2012

    On October 16, 2012 South African authorities confirmed that a record 455 rhinos have been lost to poaching this year. The number exceeds the 448 rhinos killed for their horns during all of 2011.

    Black Rhino
  • New Protection for Elephant and Gorilla Habitats

    October 11, 2012

    A new designation by the Republic of Congo provides vital habitat to endangered species and preserves nature’s value for surrounding communities.

     

  • Using Chilies to Protect Maize Fields and Elephants

    October 02, 2012

    The maize harvest is a crucial source of food for the Kakwenga family in but erratic rains and raids by elephants make a good harvest problematic. Farmers can’t guard their crops twenty-four hours a day so they have started using chili bombs—a mixture of ingredients which give off a spicy, pungent smell that offends elephants’ sensitive trunks and drives them away from crops.

    Elephant in Zambia
  • An Opportunity for Growth and Prosperity in Indonesia’s Waters

    October 02, 2012

    The Sunda Banda Seacape in eastern Indonesia includes a wide variety of communities and provides critical habitat for many marine species. WWF is working with the Indonesian Government to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which will span thousands of square miles and help protect the ocean environment.

    Reef and island in Indonesia
  • New Hope for Javan Rhinos

    September 27, 2012

    Indonesia is home to the only population of Javan rhinos left on the planet. Only about 40 of these rhinos exist there—making the Javan rhino one of the rarest mammals in the world. Because the Javan rhino population is so small and isolated, WWF and its partners are seeking wide agreement and political endorsement for a new, safe and healthy Javan rhino habitat.

    Javan Rhino
  • African Religious Leaders Join Forces to Help Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

    September 21, 2012

    On September 21, 2012, WWF and The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) announced a first-ever partnership with faith leaders from across Africa to unite against the killing of endangered species caused by illegal wildlife trade.

    Faith leaders at ivory burn
  • New Technology to Fight Wildlife Crime

    September 12, 2012

    The use of technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles gives park rangers a vital advantage against dangerously armed poachers.

    Park rangers in Nepal carrying UAVs
  • In Namibia, a Landscape Both Unforgiving and Awe-Inspiring

    September 06, 2012

    The people of Namibia possess a hard-to-grasp reverence for their landscape. No matter how little rain falls on the southern African country, or how strongly an unforgiving sun bakes the earth, or how swirly dust devils get when they whip across dry river beds, Namibians still respect the natural assets that surround them.

    Zebras in Namibia
  • Conserving Kamchatka Salmon through Marine Stewardship Council Certification

    September 04, 2012

    In the pristine Kamchatka Peninsula on the eastern coast of Russia, salmon is the keystone species of coastal ecosystems and human economies. On September 4, 2012 the Ozernaya sockeye salmon fishery in this region was certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). 

    Dead Kamchatka salmon in a fishery
  • WWF Works to Protect Alaska as Oil and Gas Drilling Raises Concerns

    August 30, 2012

    Shell Oil Company has been granted permission by the U.S. government to begin preparatory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. Layla Hughes, WWF’s expert on oil and gas development, shares her concerns and what WWF is doing to address them.

    Arctic landscape
  • The Crisis That Is Killing Rhinos

    August 28, 2012

    Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa is at an unprecedented level. A new report details how the fate of South Africa’s rhinos is inextricably linked with market demand in Vietnam—a country that recently saw its own rhino population slip into extinction.

    Black Rhino
  • Responsibly Farmed Seafood: A Taste of Things to Come

    August 20, 2012

    When done responsibly, fish farming—also known as aquaculture—presents a solution to meeting the increasing food demand of a growing global population. Farmed seafood already accounts for more than half of all the fish and shellfish we eat.

    Responsibly_Farmed_Seafood_8.22.2012_Story
  • More Tigers in Nepal

    August 09, 2012

    Camera traps identify a greater number of tigers in the region.

    Tiger Nepal Camera Trap

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