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  • A Passion for Conservation Along the Rio Grande

    May 20, 2015

    Big Bend National Park’s river ranger Mike Ryan is passionate about working to conserve the river for future generations. Growing up less than five miles from the river, Ryan has long appreciated its charm, power and role in sustaining life. As a park ranger, Ryan is primarily responsible for law enforcement and protecting Park visitors. However, he spends whatever extra time he can find assisting the Park’s and partnering scientists, conservationists and managers as they restore the river after decades of decline.

    mike ryan in canoe
  • Promoting Sustainable and Legal Trade

    May 18, 2015

    The future of a nation's forests or a community's marine resources or even the lifespan of a tiger are no longer determined only by local decisions. Global trade has increased the pressure on these vital natural resources, making their fate a multi-nation decision.

    shipping lumber
  • US Government Gives Conditional Approval to Shell for Exploratory Drilling in America’s Arctic

    May 11, 2015

    WWF today called on the U.S. government to prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling activities in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off of Alaska, and not to issue any new permits until companies demonstrate that they can drill safely in the region.

    The Kasegaluk Lagoon is one of the largest lagoon systems in the Arctic. It runs over many miles along the coast of the Chukchi Sea. Belugas, many fish species and birds use these coastal lagoons.
  • WWF and Apple Commit to Help Protect China’s Forests

    May 10, 2015

    Through a new project, WWF and Apple will help China—the world’s largest producer and consumer of paper products—reduce its environmental footprint by producing paper products from responsibly managed forests within its own borders.

    forest in China
  • Meet the World's Hottest Freshwater Fish

    May 06, 2015

    Known locally as El Cabezón de Julimes, several thousand pupfish take up exclusive residency in El Pandeño de los Pandos hot springs in this small municipality about 80 minutes southeast of City of Chihuahua, Mexico. Rarely more than two inches long, pupfish live in water that reaches 114 degrees Fahrenheit, earning it the title of “hottest fish in the world.” 

    pupfish
  • Baby Animals and Their Moms

    May 04, 2015

    We all know how great moms can be. The same is true in parts of the wild. Take a look at a few images of animals with their parents.

    zebra and mom
  • Six Steps to Trace Seafood from Bait to Plate

    April 29, 2015

    Black market fishing is a global challenge which threatens the current health of our oceans as well as the livelihoods of those who rely on marine goods and services. There is an urgent need to find a way to verify the legal origin of seafood from bait to plate. WWF outlines six steps toward seafood traceability to help combat black market fishing.

  • Why We Hug Trees

    April 29, 2015
  • 11 of the World’s Most Threatened Forests

    April 27, 2015

    The Amazon, central Africa, the Mekong. These are home to some of the world’s most species-rich, culturally significant and stunningly beautiful forests. But large swaths of these forests, and many others around the world, may not be there in 15 years if we don’t do more to save them.

    miombo woodlands
  • Hundreds of Thousands Show Their Support for Fresh Water

    April 22, 2015

    Water plays a massive role for all living things. Yet fresh water—what we use for drinking, growing and cleaning, among many other things—makes up less than 1 percent of all water on the planet. That’s why we need to work extra hard to keep the resource safe, clean and available to all.

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  • Ocean Assets Valued at $24 Trillion, but Dwindling Fast

    April 22, 2015

    Our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, according to a new WWF report Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action–2015. And goods and services from coastal and marine environments amount to about $2.5 trillion each year—that would put the ocean as the seventh largest economy in the world if put into terms of Gross Domestic Product.

    fishing net
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  • Netflix Teams with WWF and Silverback Films to Create Natural History Series Our Planet

    April 15, 2015

    Netflix is teaming up with WWF and Silverback Films on an ambitious four-year project: an eight-part series that explores never-before-filmed wilderness areas in stunning 4K HD.

    reef underwater
  • For Love of Forests in Nepal

    April 14, 2015

    Forests occupy a special space for me, offering the ultimate escape and connection to natural beauty. This emerges with the cool, refereshing breeze, freshwater flowing, and wildlife thriving. Living in Washington, DC, for most of the last 10 years, I find exiting the urban environment and entering the forest is less a desire and more a necessity.

    churia forest tree tops
  • Erika Chapman on Running Wild for WWF

    April 13, 2015

    Erika Chapman, a member of Panda Nation, is raising money for WWF and running the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

    Erika Chapman and husband
  • 7 Products You Didn’t Know Come from Trees

    April 08, 2015

    Forests give us so much—fresh air, clean water, wildlife and tranquil surroundings. But—as some of you probably know—the trees that grow in these forests also provide us with many products we use in our everyday life. From paper towels and toilet paper, to the wooden coffee tables we place our newspapers and magazines on, products from trees are all around us.

    rubber tapping
  • In Cambodia, under the stars and alongside dolphins

    April 07, 2015

    As tourism is slowly growing on the Camodian side of the Cambodia-Lao border, travellers can still discover hidden gems and set up tents on sandy islands in the Mekong river, amidst a small group of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

    dolphin jumping
  • Celebrate College Basketball and Protecting Forests

    April 03, 2015

    This weekend's college basketball finals are a time to celebrate great basketball – and protecting the world’s forests. Why? Because the games will be played on floors certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

    Forest
  • 10 Species that Hug Trees

    April 02, 2015

    Eighty percent of the world’s known terrestrial plant and animal species can be found in forests. Cool fact: a square kilometer of forest may be home to more than 1,000 species. Yet forests are disappearing at an alarming rate (about 48 football fields per minute). Check out these species that hug trees.

    monarch butterfly in tree
  • A Plan to Save the Great Apes of Central Africa

    March 31, 2015

    Gorilla and chimpanzee populations in Central Africa continue to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and disease. National parks and reserves in six range countries protect only 21 percent of western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees, according to a new report.

    chimpanzee
  • Going Beyond Earth Hour

    March 27, 2015

    Around the globe we are already feeling the effects of climate change: extreme weather events, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels, to name a few. These impacts may sometimes leave us feeling helpless. But if we act now, there is still time to face this threat and there is plenty that we can do as individuals to make a real difference.

    bicycles lined up
  • A Milestone in the Race to Save the Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoises

    March 26, 2015

    The critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise received a lifeline this week when the Chinese government executed a plan to move a small group of the species to a new home.

    Swimming finless porpoises
  • Bhutan's Prime Minister on Protecting Forests at Home

    March 24, 2015

    Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay came to the United States this week to share a true story that has inspired his country and, he hopes, will inspire the world.

    Bhutan Prime Minister