Adapting to Climate Change Stories

  • COP27 wrap up: funding the end of the world and other thoughts

    November 23, 2022

    All international climate talks begin with high hopes, and this meeting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference—known as COP27—in particular was being held up as the moment for implementation and climate justice. Instead, it appears that COP27 will be remembered as the COP of unmet expectations.

    World flags in a tight row
  • What to expect for Climate Week 2022

    September 19, 2022

    Climate Week is finally back at full force this year. Here’s what I’m looking for during this moment when the bright lights of the big city of New York are trained squarely on the climate crisis.

    New York City skyline in the dark
  • Why we need the Inflation Reduction Act

    August 05, 2022

    More than $350 billion in historic investments would set the United States on a solid path towards reaching its climate goals.

    Solar panels stretch across a field as the sun sets
  • The newest climate report looks grim. Here’s why we still have hope.

    April 04, 2022

    Countries have a long way to go in reducing carbon emissions to curb the worst impacts of global warming. Fortunately, climate action works, and evidence of it can be seen in the elimination of several gigatons of emissions per year.

    Flooded area near the Port of Manaus, capital of the Amazonas state, during Negro river's record water level
  • New UN climate report predicts a dangerous future unless we act now

    February 28, 2022

    Increases in extreme weather events are surpassing the resilience of some human and natural systems. Here’s a look at some of the takeaways from the report—and what we can do to address the climate emergency.

    A small bit of water reflects the blue sky and clouds in a mostly dried up fishing pan
  • Cultivating resilience through nature

    January 25, 2022

    Laila Sanjida of Bangladesh, Pragya Motiwal of India, and Ruwanthi Jayasekara of Sri Lanka all experienced devastating floods in their home countries that inspired them to enter the field of flood management.

    Bamboo bundling sits on a green riverbank in Bangladesh
  • Humanitarianism and environmentalism: what’s next in a changing world

    As the climate crisis fuels more intense disasters, environmental issues and humanitarian needs are growing increasingly intertwined. WWF's Anita van Breda takes some time to reflect on the past and look toward the future.

    Destruction in the aftermath of a typhoon
  • People gather under a tree to discuss data for the Climate Crowd
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Bezos Earth Fund and WWF invest in solutions for the climate crisis

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    WWF received $100 million to accelerate the most promising nature-based solutions—methods that harness the power of nature to provide for communities and stabilize our climate.
    Landscape of river from above
  • Thinking Beyond:

    January 14, 2021

    If humans are unable to limit carbon pollution, Cincinnati’s average temperature could climb by as much as seven degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. From a local grassroots movement to engagement at the national level, this city is taking the fight against the climate crisis into its own hands.

    Sunny Cincinnati skyline
  • What are nature-based solutions and how can they help us address the climate crisis?

    November 10, 2020

    Tackling the climate crisis will be one of the biggest challenges of our time, and nature itself can contribute to the fight. 

    Stormy sunrise over the Badlands
  • Climate Crowd

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    Pilot projects implemented in Zimbabwe work to address the impact of climate change and reduce pressure on natural ecosystems, benefiting the people and land alike.
    Aerial view of Victoria Falls with rainbow
  • Unparalleled in modern history, West Coast fires necessitate urgent climate action

    September 17, 2020

    Apocalyptic scenes have multiplied in recent weeks, as fires claim lives and incinerate communities across the West Coast. The flames are fueled by a confluence of interwoven drivers, including decades of fire management practices focused on fire suppression paired with the worsening climate crisis.

    Buildings surrounded in an orange glow.
  • Park City, Utah recognized as a national leader on climate action

    September 15, 2020

    Park City, Utah is the U.S. National Winner of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge in recognition of its leadership addressing the climate crisis.

    Glowing storefronts amid a pink sunset.
  • How WWF is helping threatened species adapt to climate change

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2020
    Climate change-related threats to biodiversity are happening now. As habitats change, extreme weather events increase, and temperatures rise, we need new tools to help biodiversity adapt.
    Declining species
  • Nature may be the answer to how countries act on the climate crisis

    There are many approaches that governments can take to mitigate their climate emissions and prepare for inevitable change, but sometimes overlooked is the role nature itself can play. Nature-based solutions are ecosystem conservation, management, and restoration projects designed to address a wide range of challenges while also benefiting biodiversity and human well-being.

    a forest in Thailand
  • Changing how we build for people and nature in a rapidly warming world

    February 24, 2020

    We can and must rethink our approach to development—what it looks like, what it’s delivering, and how it’s meeting our needs—to ensure that it's more useful for people and less harmful to wildlife.

    A road grader smooths the dirt road in Alaska.
  • Port Heiden, Alaska: the town that moved

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2020
    Beginning in 1981, the coastal community was forced to move inland when it became clear that erosion, accelerated by retreating sea ice and strong storms, would one day take the town altogether.
  • 2019 is the second hottest year on record

    January 15, 2020

    Last year was the second hottest on record, closing out the warmest decade so far. This is the sixth consecutive year in which global temperatures were the highest on record—an unprecedented streak, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    An ice lagoon is seen on a melting glacier in, Jokulsarlon, Iceland
  • What is a carbon tax and how could it help us fight the climate crisis?

    December 10, 2019

    How can we realistically cut carbon emissions and limit global warming? One key way is by pricing carbon—placing a tax on every ton of greenhouse gas emitted to make cleaner alternatives competitive.

    Airplane and contrails
  • COP25: WWF and the international climate talks

    Climate change impacts all parts of the world, and finding solutions to the challenges posed by such an immense threat will require action from every country. Annual international climate talks are key to effectively addressing the problem.

    flags outside at COP22