Stories

  • Communities, coastlines, and conservation

    October 14, 2021

    Our oceans provide food, regulate Earth’s climate, and are rooted in cultural traditions and community livelihoods around the world. When we work on ocean conservation, we are inherently also working with people dependent on the ocean, particularly those who live along coastlines.

    Boys on a dock in Bird's Head Seascape, West Papua, Indonesia
  • WWF's Irma Larrea on her Hispanic heritage and conservation

    October 04, 2021

    In more than two decades at WWF, Irma's passion for conservation and sustainability has only grown, leading her to far-away locations throughout the world.

    Photo portrait of Irma Larrea
  • The return of the wolf in Europe

    September 30, 2021

    Thanks to increased conservation efforts, wolves are making a comeback in Europe.

    A lone adult wolf surrounded by trees in a wooded area
  • Tech companies remove or block 11.6 million listings for prohibited wildlife and products

    September 29, 2021

    Members of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online have removed or blocked more than 11.6 million listings for prohibited and endangered species and associated products since 2018.

    A rhino in Nepal looks directly at the camera on green grass
  • Two women and a baby on a river bank, one washing clothes and the other casting a net while all smile
  • Protecting my Arctic home

    September 16, 2021

    Alexandria Abuzanuq Ivanoff, who is from Unalakleet, Alaska, a small hunting and fishing community on the northwest coast, discusses how warming waters and increased shipping could impact Indigenous peoples and wildlife. 

     

    Allie Ivanoff looks straight at the camera in a large parka in the snow
  • Meet the 2021 class of Russell E. Train Fellows

    September 14, 2021

    Fifteen inspirational conservationists from thirteen countries will use their expertise to protect species, fill research gaps, and conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems.

    Veronarindra Ramananjato
  • Understanding consumer behavior to reduce wildlife demand

    September 09, 2021

    Curbing illegal, unsustainable and high-disease-risk wildlife consumer demand is an urgent and difficult task. Conservationists are increasingly adopting an approach that integrates regulatory measures, consumer data, and behavioral science to successfully change attitudes and end wildlife demand.

    asian elephants kui buri thailand
  • Great Plains grassland plow-up accelerates for second year in a row

    September 09, 2021

    In a concerning trend, WWF's 2021 Plowprint Report has revealed that, for the second year in a row, grassland plow-up across the Great Plains has continued to accelerate—a trend that exacerbates the climate crisis.

    Three pronghorn stand in hilly grassland as the sun sets in Nebraska.
  • Fire management

    September 08, 2021

    Wildfires are growing increasingly devastating and are both contributing to and being exacerbated by the worsening climate crisis. But there are ways that we can better manage fires so to mitigate their damage and protect communities and wildlife. 

    A forest on fire
  • Overfishing puts more than one-third of all sharks, rays, and chimaeras at risk of extinction

    September 08, 2021

    More than one-third of all sharks, rays, and chimaeras are now at risk of extinction because of overfishing, according to a new study re-assessing their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species extinction risk status. Governments and regional fisheries bodies must act now to stop overfishing and prevent a global extinction crisis.

    A group of black tip reef sharks circle together in a shallow lagooon
  • Responsible fishing in Indonesia

    September 02, 2021

    A member of the Bajo tribe of Indonesia, a traditional fishing group leader, and a member of the ranger partner community of Wakatobi National Park, meet: Hartono.

    A man in a tshirt and pink baseball cap sits inside a skinny blue canoe on the water
  • The home and life of Mongolian nomadic herders

    August 26, 2021

    Living in a ger, meaning 'home' in Mongolia, and more commonly referred to as a 'yurt' in English, has grown popular in many places around the world. But its origin lies in central Asia, particularly across the steppes of Mongolia. Set up to be a portable home, the ger has been a traditional part of the life of nomadic herders here for millennia. But this way of life is threatened by the climate crisis.

    A group of people on horseback in a row smile and look at the camera
  • We’re losing 40% of the food we produce. Here’s how to stop food waste.

    August 19, 2021

    Today, 40% of food grown never gets eaten—1 billion more tonnes (1.1 billion tons) of food than previously estimated. The causes of food waste are complex in any region. Luckily, there are solutions.

    A man stands on the back of a blue tractor that's hauling harvested sugarcane
  • The climate crisis is here, but we can still turn the tide

    August 16, 2021

    My hope for the future is we look back and see the summer of 2021 as the turning point in the climate crisis—the moment when humanity took account of what we are doing and changed course.

    Two wind turbines on a mountain in Alaska with a setting sun and mountains in the background
  • How elephant collaring can help manage human-elephant conflict and improve elephant conservation

    August 12, 2021

    WWF-India is in the process of fitting GPS-enabled collars on wild elephants to better understand the animals’ basic movements and help local communities.

    Herd of elephants walking through tea garden in Assam, India
  • How local communities in Laos restore their essential forests

    August 09, 2021

    Between 1940 and 2010, forest cover in Laos decreased by roughly 30%, putting both people and wildlife in danger. The forest-dependent communities in Laos make almost all of their livelihoods from the forest’s natural resources. Illegal logging and forest conversion for agriculture have threatened these livelihoods. To begin to build back a dwindling forest, mitigate the negative impacts of deforestation, and ensure that forest-dependent communities sustainably benefit from natural resources, forest-dependent villages, in partnership with WWF-Laos, started seedling nurseries and planting initiatives to restore their essential forests. 

    Young girl carrying seedling on her back and smiling in Laos
  • UN report shows human activity has changed the planet forever

    August 09, 2021

    A new comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessing the latest state of global climate science reveals that global temperatures now hover around 1.1°C above preindustrial levels and our actions have already irreversibly altered the Earth.

    Firefighters fight a large fire burning in the hills.
  • When the mountains tremble

    August 05, 2021

    For the people of Pahirebesi, the pattern of disaster and recovery is routine. But once this community began to implement bioengineering techniques in their surrounding landslide-prone landscape to mitigate risk, their reality shifted.

    A group of people standing on a mountainside digging with a woman in all pink standing in the forefront looking at the camera
  • Reforesting the Global South with WWF's Education for Nature and UPS

    August 03, 2021

    Forests cover approximately one-third of the Earth’s surface and are home to more than three-quarters of the planet's remaining biodiversity, but are declining around the world at an alarming rate. Learn about how WWF's Education for Nature program and The UPS Foundation partner to fund locally-led reforestation and restoration projects in areas with critical need.

    A group of women planting saplings in the dirt
  • Wild tigers: We love them and don’t want to lose them

    July 29, 2021

    The world’s attention has never been more focused on tigers: 2022, also known as the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Lunar calendar, is expected to be a critical juncture on the road ahead for tiger conservation.

    Male tiger walks through grasses of Kanha National Park, India
  • Spotting mangroves from space

    July 26, 2021

    Did you know that mangroves only cover 12% of the world’s coasts, but you can see them from space? 

    An aerial view of bright green mangroves bordering a winding blue river
  • How artificial watering holes help wildlife survive Mexico's changing climate

    July 21, 2021

    WWF is launching a new project to make wildlife like tapirs less vulnerable to drought during the dry season by installing and monitoring artificial water sources in Mexico’s Calakmul Biosphere Reserve through the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund.

    A tapir walks on dead leaves through the forest
  • Restoring the jaguar corridor

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    Connecting patches of forest to ensure jaguars, their habitats, and the ecosystem services they provide are protected for the long term.
    Lush jungle