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  • Pivotal global climate agreement enters into force

    November 04, 2016

    Eleven months ago, nearly 200 nations signed on to the first truly global agreement to curb climate change. And now that deal is officially entering into force. The agreement's enactment marks an auspicious start to the next round of climate negotiations that will take place this month in Morocco.

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  • Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest extent on record

    September 16, 2016

    The Arctic’s summer sea ice appears to have hit its lowest extent of the year, putting pressure on the region’s diverse wildlife. Ice covered only 1.6 million square miles on Sept. 10, and 2016 is now tied with 2007 for the second-lowest sea ice extent on record, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • Extreme weather threatens monarch butterfly habitat

    August 22, 2016

    Extreme weather caused by climate change is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.

    monarchs in trees in Mexico
  • Sockeye salmon and climate change

    It’s hard to talk about salmon without talking Bristol Bay. Each year, at the end of June, in the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run, millions of fish flood the area’s rivers providing local communities with sustenance, fueling marine and seaside businesses, and contributing up to two-thirds of the state’s total salmon fishery value. But as June turned to July, there were hardly any salmon in Bristol Bay. People feared the worst. Where had all the fish gone?

    Rivers flowing and mountains in Alaska
  • Meet WWF's new Chief Scientist Dr. Rebecca Shaw

    WWF’s new Chief Scientist Dr. Rebecca Shaw is a brilliant thought leader who has been researching and leading interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and climate change for more than 30 years.

    Rebecca Shaw
  • This Earth Day, a global climate transformation is underway

    April 21, 2016

    Every year, Earth Day connects people across the US and the world through advocacy and action to protect our planet. And this year is particularly special: heads of state and foreign ministers from more than 120 countries will come together in New York to formally sign an agreement to act on climate.

    Supporters at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Scenes from the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. 20.09.2014
  • What is crowdsourcing and how can it help us adapt to climate change?

    April 19, 2016

    Crowdsourcing is a way to find solutions to problems by asking a large group of people to contribute information, ideas, data, and content about a certain idea. WWF is using this tool to address knowledge gaps about climate change, and help implement solutions.

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  • What animals live in the Asia high mountains? And eight other Asia high mountains facts

    Species like red pandas, Bengal tigers, blue sheep, Argali wild sheep, and ibex are found in Asia high mountains. Learn more about the Asia high mountains and the work that WWF is doing to protect them.

    A horseback rider rides through the mountains
  • How big is the Arctic Ocean? And eight other Arctic facts

    The Arctic Ocean is about 5.4 million square miles—about 1.5 times as big as the US—but it is the world’s smallest ocean. Learn more about the Arctic and what WWF is doing to help protect it.

    Polar bear and cub
  • Arctic wildlife under threat as sea ice hits historic low

    March 29, 2016

    After a record-breaking warm Arctic winter, sea ice hit a record low for the largest area it covers during the winter months. The ice covered only 5.60 million square miles on March 24— surpassing last year’s record low of 5.61 million square miles.

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  • Climate change front and center in President’s final State of the Union address

    January 12, 2016

    In his final State of the Union address, President Obama looked back on the first seven years of his Administration, celebrating major initiatives that have helped protect our planet for future generations, and underscoring how far we have yet to go.

    US Capital Building
  • Landmark climate deal struck in Paris

    December 14, 2015

    After weeks of negotiations, 196 nations approved a landmark global plan to curb climate change in the years to come. By its design, the Paris Agreement creates the opportunity for nations to continuously strengthen their climate actions over time.

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  • Solutions for a hot, crowded, and hungry world

    December 08, 2015

    Energy production is the largest source of these emissions, but agriculture contributes a significant share—about 24%, according to the World Resources Institute. Clearly, improving the way we produce food is critical in the fight against climate change.

    farming in kenya
  • Fishers in Mozambique feel the impact of climate change

    December 21, 2015

    Fishers in Mozambique have noticed changes in catch size and ocean currents as a result of a changing climate. WWF and partners are working to restore and protect the natural resources on which local fishing and farming communities depend.

    boys in a boat
  • How climate change relates to oceans

    December 01, 2015

    The interaction between climate and oceans is altering, and the exchange is intensifying. As the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean. If we reach a tipping point, we will likely see more extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels and temperatures, and melting of sea ice and ice sheets.

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  • Building a future-proof world: Paris climate talks

    November 05, 2015

    If we act on climate change now, a safer and more prosperous future is within our grasp. Later this month, heads of state from around the world will gather in Paris to decide whether to actively work toward that prosperous future or whether to keep the status quo and hope for the best.

    climate march
  • A shared vision of a clean energy future

    November 02, 2015

    WWF is collaborating with businesses to make renewable energy a core element of their sustainability strategies. The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles—created collaboratively by companies, the World Resources Institute, and WWF—describe the common needs of large renewable energy buyers and outline a path for transforming our energy system so businesses can get the renewable energy they need to power their operations.

    two people talk next to solar panels
  • Stark white, unpainted canvas of coral bleaching threatens oceans

    October 26, 2015

    When you think about the impacts of climate change on the marine environment, your first thought might be the melting polar ice caps. Yet corals are among the most sensitive ecosystems to warming oceans and may be the most impacted by climate change in the near future.

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  • Climate change could push snow leopards over the edge

    October 22, 2015

    Urgent international action must be taken in the face of climate change to save the snow leopard and conserve its fragile mountain habitats that provide water to hundreds of millions of people across Asia.

    snow leopard crouching
  • An uncertain future for our living blue planet

    September 15, 2015

    WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report on the health of the ocean finds that the marine vertebrate population has declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012. The report tracks 5,829 populations of 1,234 mammal, bird, reptile, and fish species through a marine living planet index. The evidence, analyzed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London, paints a troubling picture. 

    fish swimming in a school
  • As Arctic Ice Melts, Orcas Move in

    September 10, 2015

    For another year, Arctic sea ice will cover much less of the Arctic Ocean than it used to. And with less ice comes more killer whales—predators that feed on other whales, including some recovering species.

    orcas in Arctic
  • Working Together for Bold Action on Climate Change

    September 01, 2015

    On August 31, 2015, President Obama and leaders of the Arctic nations met in Alaska where they pledged to work together, and with others, to boost strong action on climate change.

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  • Climate Change is a Burning Global Issue

    Wildfires have burned over vast areas of the planet this year. We have seen the dramatic images of the fires and their aftermaths. The smoke has drifted across continents and oceans—sometimes with serious consequences.

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