Climate Stories

  • Is climate change increasing the risk of disasters?

    April 02, 2024

    From deadly wildfires in Hawaii to devastating floods in Vermont, disasters wreaked havoc across the US in 2023, the world’s hottest year on record. They shook millions of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. As the climate crisis intensifies, there is no question that the intensity and frequency of extreme weather – often resulting in disasters – is increasing.

    A street that's broken floods during a storm
  • Wildlife Climate Heroes

    What do you think of when you think of climate solutions? It's time to add wildlife and habitat conservation to that list.

    A baby humpback whale glides along its mother's back underwater
  • The 2024 climate crisis forecast

    January 25, 2024

    After the hottest year on record, here's what we can expect—and what we must accomplish—to combat the climate crisis in the year ahead.

    Wind turbines line the top of Pillar Mountain in Kodaik, Alaska
  • Rebuilding trust at Davos after COP28

    January 17, 2024

    The theme for the 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is “Rebuilding Trust,” a timely choice given the pledge that 190 nations made at last year’s UN climate conference (COP28) a few months ago to transition away from fossil fuels. The gathering at Davos is an opportunity for the government leaders and powerhouses in business and culture in attendance to take on the challenge of delivering this promise of a clean energy transition. The World Economic Forum is putting its stated goal of driving trust and accountability to the test, and the world is watching.

    Wind turbines in a grassy area
  • Key takeaways from the COP28 climate summit in Dubai

    December 14, 2023

    After days of intense negotiations, a landmark agreement emerged from the UN climate summit in Dubai, marking a significant step towards addressing the climate crisis. For the first time in history, the agreement explicitly calls on all nations to transition away from fossil fuels, a crucial step in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming.

    Leaders walk out of the COP28 pavilion in Dubai
  • Conservation highlights of 2023

    December 14, 2023

    From launching a new platform that harnesses the power of nature in the fight against the climate crisis to raising critical funding to protect black rhinos in Namibia, together we've taken major strides in 2023.

    Fishing boat on water with grassy hills behind
  • Halftime at the COP

    December 06, 2023

    With over 100,000 attendees in the massive Dubai Expo Center, it's halftime at the Superbowl of climate change talks—but this is no game. Our fate as a planet hangs in the balance of what is happening here.

    Banners announcing COP28 outside of summit building, Dubai
  • We’re experiencing the hottest year in human history. World leaders must act now to fight the climate crisis.

    November 30, 2023

    This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded, according to an announcement by the World Meteorological Organization at critical international climate talks underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Dry cracked land affected by drought with a sparse tree in the background
  • Is COP 28 worth it?

    November 28, 2023

    This year’s COP is critical as an inflection point in the transition away from fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy economy. We need to rapidly scale clean energy, and we need to do it while minimizing harm to nature.

    A vertical green sign reads COP28 at a building in Dubai
  • COP28: A crucial moment for climate action

    November 28, 2023

    The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) is the United Nations’ 28th annual climate summit, and it is being held at a critical time for the world. The summit is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.

    wind turbines stretch across peat landscape
  • A brief history of carbon in our atmosphere

    November 16, 2023

    Carbon is essential to life on Earth. As the atmosphere has evolved, the amount of carbon in it has increased due to human activity, primarily from burning fossil fuels, resulting in the climate crisis. 

    Clouds in a blue sky
  • New guide helps ensure infrastructure works for people—and the planet

    November 13, 2023

    Putting nature at the heart of infrastructure design offers a great way to help halt and reverse biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

    Aerial view of a bridge filled with vegetation over a multi-lane highway
  • We need to transform how we power the world—for the benefit of people and nature

    November 03, 2023

    In a first-of-its-kind analysis, WWF and Boston Consulting Group compare a rapid transition to renewable energy to our current approach dominated by fossil fuels across key areas. The results show that a rapid transition to renewable energy is dramatically better for nature, human health and safety, and jobs.

    Landscape photo of a field of solar panels at sunrise. There are two wind turbines in the distance. Everything is shrouded in a light mist.
  • Oysters: an unsung hero in a changing climate

    October 30, 2023

    Oysters, in all their stunning variety and storied reputation for pearls and elegant cuisine, play an exemplary–if often unacknowledged–role in mitigating the effects of our warming planet.

    overhead view of cluster of oysters ready to be shipped
  • A climate high, a climate low, and our climate future

    September 25, 2023

    In these strange days of summer, we witnessed an extreme climate high and an extreme climate low. Both have significant implications for the planet’s health and for confronting the climate crisis moving forward.

    sun breaks through clouds over grasslands in Montana
  • How the climate crisis could impact our future

    June 06, 2023

    A new report by an international body of scientists exposes the sheer gravity of the climate crisis and the increasingly severe climate impacts facing people and nature. To drive home the impacts on nature, WWF created a new version that incorporates plants and animals to highlight how climate change affects generations across all species on the planet.

    graphic showing global warming trends after 2020
  • Weather stations help communities track storms

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2023
    WWF-Myanmar has installed three automatic weather stations in climate-vulnerable areas of the country, providing communities a way to better predict, track, and plan for natural disasters.
    Station equipment standing in field
  • What is green hydrogen, and how can it help tackle the climate crisis?

    Green hydrogen has the potential to decarbonize heavy industry, a sector whose emissions have proved to be some of the most difficult to tackle. Equitable development and deployment of hydrogen energy could make a real impact toward combating the climate crisis while supporting a just energy transition for communities.

    A hydrogen tank in front of solar panels and wind turbines.
  • 5 ways WWF helped fight the climate crisis in 2022

    December 28, 2022

    Here are five ways that WWF helped to fight the climate crisis in 2022.

    Young person at New York climate march 2019
  • Conservation highlights of 2022

    December 13, 2022

    Though the world faces two existential crises—a rapidly warming planet and declining biodiversity—and continues to battle a global pandemic, conservation still made major strides toward protecting wildlife, wild places, and people in 2022.

    aerial view of Colombian mountain range
  • How wildlife help combat the climate crisis

    November 29, 2022

    Combatting climate change helps save wildlife populations around the globe, but the reverse is also true: Wildlife conservation plays an essential role in regulating our climate. By saving wildlife, we help save the planet, including ourselves.

    Sea otter closeup of face
  • 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's happening at this year’s international climate talks

    November 07, 2022

    Ambitions and promises need to translate into action. At this COP, we must set the stage to begin the real work and challenges around decarbonization.

    A white flag against a blue sky displays the logo for COP27
  • 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