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Imperiled polar bears face new threat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In some areas of the Arctic, female polar bears are more frequently choosing to build their maternity dens on land, rather than sea ice. The land provides the stability and security that sea ice no longer can—at least until human activity comes into the picture.

  • Bat resembling Lance Bass among new species discovered in the Greater Mekong

    A new report describes 157 new species found in the Greater Mekong—a region spanning Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The newly discovered species may look more familiar than you would expect. 

    Lance Bass Bat Pipat Soisook
  • Our planet is warming. Here’s what’s at stake if we don’t act now.

    December 07, 2018

    The world is already 1° C hotter than it was between 1850 and 1900. There’s no question that limiting warming to 1.5° F will be difficult, but we have the technology needed to succeed.

    Earth illustration
  • Dishing the dirt on the secret life of soil

    December 05, 2018

    Soil is a living, breathing ecosystem that’s home to a quarter of all species on Earth. It's richness of life is what supports forests and prairies; biodiversity in the soil also enhances agriculture. Yet agriculture, which needs soil, is the leading cause of its erosion. Indeed, healthy soil is disappearing from the surface of the earth at a rate of about 24 billion tons a year. Here are some examples of the types of living creatures in soil that make it such a vibrant, vital habitat.

    soil in hand Simon Rawles WW211984
  • Critically endangered Sumatran Rhino moved to new home

    December 04, 2018

    Last month, the Indonesian Government announced that a first Sumatran rhino, a female named Pahu, was successfully rescued from a small isolated forest patch in Kalimantan, with the support of WWF, local partners and Sumatran Rhino Rescue.

    Pahu Sumatran Rhino
  • Why global leaders must address climate change now

    December 04, 2018

    The United Nations climate talks are the most important round of negotiations since the Paris Agreement was reached three years ago. There is still time for us to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and create a safer future, but that window is closing fast.

    Climate change leads to the loss of sea ice in the Arctic, which leads to an increase in sea level rise.
  • Handcrafted beauty from around the globe

    December 03, 2018

    Local communities and indigenous people are crucial stewards of the natural places WWF works to conserve. The handicrafts are a small thank you for your support of World Wildlife Fund and all its programs.

    Felt ornaments
  • Mega dam project could drive Argentina’s hooded grebes to extinction

    November 26, 2018

    A pair of mega dams in construction on the Santa Cruz River is expected to significantly alter the flow of the Santa Cruz river and harm a variety of local species, including hooded grebes. But due to an incomplete environmental impact assessment of the project, nobody knows just how much damage it could cause. Hooded grebes live only in Santa Cruz Province, where they were discovered in 1974. In the 1980s, their population numbered around 5,000. But since then, their population has declined by more than 80%.

    hooded grebe wikicommons Juan María Raggio
  • New partners join national governments to fight climate change

    November 20, 2018

    There’s still a significant gap between current country emissions reductions pledges and what’s needed to limit global temperature rise. In response, leaders from businesses, local governments, higher education, and communities are coming together to establish domestic coalitions in support of climate action. 

    flags outside at COP22
  • Sustainable shrimp?

    November 14, 2018

    Titi shrimp, or pomada, are wild shrimp, native to Ecuador, and they are harvested around the Gulf of Guayaquil by both trawlers and artisanal fishermen using a unique kind of trap that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. WWF-Ecuador has been working with both the industrial and artisanal fishermen to ensure that the fishery is sustainable.

    shrimp Antonio Busiello WW290773
  • Plans for mega dams put Argentina’s Santa Cruz River—its wildlife, local livelihoods, and Perito Moreno Glacier—at risk

    November 01, 2018

    A pair of mega dams in construction on the Santa Cruz river’s banks could flood more than 135 square miles of the surrounding region--an area almost twice as big as Buenos Aires--and transform Argentina’s last free-flowing glacial river into a series of brackish pools.

    Perito Moreno Glacier Nathalie Racheter WW21919
  • An 83% decline of freshwater animals underscores the need to keep rivers connected and flowing

    October 30, 2018

    This year’s Living Planet Report shows that populations of animals—including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians—plummeted by 60% between 1970 and 2014. But those living in freshwater are experiencing a far more drastic decline: 83% since 1970.

    water vole Terry Whittaker WW24406
  • In a blow to wildlife, China lifts a ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts

    October 29, 2018

    In an enormous setback for wildlife conservation, China announced it will allow hospitals to use tiger bone and rhino horn from captive-bred animals for traditional medicine. The decision reverses a decades-old ban that has been instrumental in preventing the extinction of endangered tigers and rhinos.

    Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, India
  • All about elephants

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    WWF and an array of actors are working to protect elephant habitats, scale up antipoaching efforts, and shut down illegal ivory markets to make sure elephants can continue their lives in the wild.
    Black and white photo of elephant feet
  • Tackling plastic pollution in the Galápagos

    October 24, 2018

    Around the world, humans produce an estimated 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste per year, a number that is set to increase to 2.2 billion by 2025. In countries such as Ecuador that have limited garbage collection services, some of this plastic waste inevitably ends up back in the oceans or on beaches, where it has the potential to harm and human health.

    blue footed booby galapagos Tui De Roy WW24425
  • We’re one step closer to keeping trash and plastic out of our oceans

    October 18, 2018

    Nearly 124,000 WWF activists from 49 states reached out to their member of Congress to support a bipartisan bill to take a stand on ocean plastic, and their impressive efforts paid off.

    humback whale jump
  • In Peru, pink river dolphins are tagged with transmitters for the first time

    October 15, 2018

    In order to learn more about the population status of this species, a scientific expedition set out to install satellite transmitters on pink river dolphins in Peru.

    dolphin tagging Peru Jeffrey Davila
  • The status of Asian elephants

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    More than 100,000 Asian elephants may have existed at the beginning of the 20th century, roaming from the Persian Gulf to India and China. But their numbers have dropped in the past three generations.
    elephants in Kaziranga
  • The status of African elephants

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    In 1930, as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed huge swaths of the African continent. But decades of poaching and conflict have since decimated African elephant populations.
    feature illus african elephantherd winter2018
  • Russia releases two Amur tigers into the wild

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    In May, two Amur—or Siberian—tigers were released into Russia’s far eastern Evreiskaya Province, joining nine other rehabilitated tigers in the species’ historical habitat.
    fieldnotes tiger 3 winter2018
  • A conversation with the world's leading expert on ants, Dr. E. O. Wilson

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    WWF president and CEO Carter Roberts sat down with DR. E. O. WILSON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harvard University Entomology Faculty Emeritus, and the world’s leading expert on ants.
    conversation wilson winter2018
  • Innovative projects help at-risk species adapt to climate change

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Wild animals are feeling the effects of climate change. WWF’s new Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund is testing innovative, on-the-ground projects to help at-risk species adapt.
    plotpoints mapA winter2018
  • Barbara Beck on the importance of connecting people and nature

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    “Each of us has the power to make good things happen.”
    action barbarabeck winter2018
  • Green your home's energy sources to fight climate change

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    In the US, the energy we use in our homes is a significant source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. You can help lower those emissions by greening your home’s energy sources. Here’s how.
    takeaway energy winter2018
  • Understanding grassland loss in the Northern Great Plains

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Each year, WWF uses data from the USDA to track the conversion of grasslands to cropland across the Great Plains of North America and compare the loss to that of previous years. Here's what we found.
    numbers grassland2 winter2018