Since our founding in 1961, protecting rare and endangered species has been a core focus of WWF’s mission to save a living planet. Our success has helped bring many species back from the brink of extinction, while preserving rich and varied ecosystems that sustain local people and countless plants and animals. But the global extinction crisis is escalating: habitat destruction, poaching, wildlife trafficking, climate change and other destructive human activities have led to an extinction rate that is 100 to 1,000 times higher than the expected natural rate.
This factsheet details basic facts about polar bears, the key threats to their existence, and WWF’s solutions and actions for protecting polar bears’ Arctic habitat from climate change, industrial threats and other harmful human activities.
This fact sheet explains the current statistics and facts about polar bears and their habitat, asserting that, based on conservative estimates on sea ice shrinkage rates, two-thirds of the polar bear population would become extinct by 2050.
This fact sheet details the largest issues facing the Arctic as a result of climate change, including the melting of permafrost and the subsequent release of methane and CO2, and provides an overview of how they negatively impact Arctic vegetation and the ability for Arctic species to survive.
Climate change adds new threats to fish species over and above those posed by pollution, overexploitation and other factors. The largest threats are rising water temperatures that reduce the growth rates and survival, ocean acidification killing coral reefs, sea changes caused by thawing ice and ocean current disturbances.
This brochure explains how oil and gas drilling is expected to bring in approximately $7.7 billion over the 25-40 years experts believe it will take to extract these finite resources from Bristol Bay and the North Aleutian Basin.
This fact sheet demonstrates the need for international guidelines for protecting marine environments in light of increasing offshore development and its potentially adverse effects on the Arctic marine environment.
The worlds biggest freshwater fish and 4 out of the top ten giant freshwater fish species can be found in the Mekong River. The single most important threat is the hydropower dams in the lower Mekong and large tributaries.
A new monkey, a self-cloning skink, five carnivorous plants, and a unique leaf warbler are among the 208 species newly described by science in the Greater Mekong region during 2010. The region is an integral part of one of the top five most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Spanning five of the world’s 13 tiger range states, the Greater Mekong region possesses the largest combined area of tiger habitat in the world today. Estimates vary significantly but it is thought there could be as few as 350 Indochinese tigers remaining in this region, down from roughly 1,200 in 1998.
The Global 200 identifies a set of the Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecoregions that harbor exceptional biodiversity and are representative of its ecosystems. The Global 200 includes 238 ecoregions, comprised of 142 terrestrial, 53 freshwater, and 43 marine priority ecoregions.
HydroSHEDS provides hydrographic information via data layers to support watershed analyses, hydrological modeling, and freshwater conservation planning at a quality, resolution, and extent that had previously been unachievable in many parts of the world.