The Living Planet Index (LPI)—essentially the S&P 500 Index for wildlife—documents the populations of more than 3,000 wild species. And for the first time, species number less than one-half what they were in 1970.
In November, North Dakota has an exciting and unique opportunity to conserve beloved natural places by voting YES for the North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. This amendment would devote a small portion of North Dakota’s existing oil and gas tax revenues to improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat, expand recreational opportunities, and provide expanded outdoor education for future generations.
Illegal fishing is a global problem with serious conservation and social impacts. We need coordinated global solutions to break the link between major import markets—like the US—and international illegal fishing.
President Obama announced creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine area on Sept. 25. Using his executive authority he has expanded the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to six times its current size, resulting in 490,000 square miles of protected marine environment.
At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton announced the Elephant Action Network. WWF’s Ginette Hemley and TRAFFIC’s Senior Director Crawford Allan attended the event in New York on Sept. 23.
Tiger conservation efforts are paying off at the landscape level, even where national borders are present across tiger habitats. This good news comes from a report shared by the governments of India and Nepal together with WWF.
Academy Award nominated actor, environmentalist and WWF Board member Leonardo DiCaprio was presented with a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award for philanthropy on Sunday, September 21st. WWF CEO Carter Roberts presented the award to DiCaprio in honor of his extensive conservation efforts.
As conservationists, we have learned what it takes to help rhinos recover from the very edge of extinction.The formula is quite simple: protect rhinos where they exist, incentivize community stewardship of rhino populations, manage populations for maximum growth, establish new populations in suitable locations for maximum protection and population growth. This formula is achievable, but it does require political will and resources to see the plan through.
Two days before world leaders convened in New York City for a UN-led summit on climate change, people stepped out into the streets to show those leaders—and the rest of the world—just how much they want their governments to act.
When you see that symbol, you don’t have to wonder whether pristine forests were destroyed to make the product or whether the workers wielding chainsaws were paid a living wage. Because when you see the FSC logo, you know the product can be traced back to a company that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
To increase chances of conservation success, we must understand traits that make an individual species especially resilient or vulnerable to changes in climate. Different species will be affected in different ways; sometimes negatively, but not always.
As Arctic sea ice nears its minimum this year, walruses—mostly females and their young—have been forced ashore into crowded haul-outs in Russia and Alaska. The sea ice has again disappeared over shallow feeding areas in the Chukchi Sea.
We’re facing a climate crisis. Extreme weather events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels all link to climate change. If we continue on this trajectory, nature’s future—along with our own—is in jeopardy. But here’s the good news: we can make changes to adapt to and limit the impact of climate change.
A new conservation milestone means greater protection for sharks and manta rays. Five shark and two manta ray species are now under the protection of the CITES. The species include three types of hammerhead sharks, two manta ray species as well as the oceanic whitetip shark and porbeagle sharks.
Buddhist monks, community mobilizers, youth and various organizations rallied together against a backdrop of boats bearing banners asking Mega First to stop the controversial Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River on Sept. 11, 2014.
Each year, WWF provides support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America so they may pursue graduate studies in WWF priority places. This year, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) selected 26 outstanding individuals from around the world to receive Russell E. Train Fellowships.
One of the goals for the partnership between WWF and The Coca-Cola Company is to measurably improve environmental performance across the Company’s value chain, including working with bottlers such as Cervecería Hondureña.
David Reed, WWF Senior Policy Advisor, promotes sustainability as a key aspect of US foreign policy in his forthcoming book, In Pursuit of Prosperity: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resource Scarcity. Here he explains how our prosperity as a nation depends on the stability and the prosperity of partners around the world.
WWF and The Coca-Cola Company, are trying to make sure today’s farmers to apply environmental knowledge to farming. Agricultural runoffs like pesticides, fertilizers and topsoil are some of the greatest threats to the Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world.
Sniffer dogs—with their remarkable sense of smell—are increasingly part of a global effort to intercept illegal wildlife and wildlife products like ivory, rhino horns, sea turtles and pangolins smuggled through airports, shipping ports and public transportation centers.
Many freshwater species depend on free-flowing rivers to complete their life cycles, and in some systems, those species make up critical parts of people’s diets. Here’s a look at five important species impacted by dams.