Climate Stories

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fortune 500 companies are acting on the climate crisis—but is it enough?

    June 02, 2021

    Sixty percent of Fortune 500 companies have set goals to act on the climate crisis and address energy use, yet those ambitions vary dramatically—and are not happening at the speed or scale needed to stave off the worst impacts of a warming planet, according to a new WWF report.

    A man working at solar power station
  • Biden administration releases US national climate plan

    April 22, 2021

    On Earth Day, the Biden administration took a big step forward by releasing the US national climate plan at the international Leaders Climate Summit that nearly doubles the previous administration's commitment with a pledge to cut US emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

    Wide landscape shot of a large storm cloud rolling over green grassland
  • Advocating for climate-conscious air travel

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    As more and more people take to the skies, scientists project that without advances in airplane efficiency and industry-wide regulations, commercial aviation emissions could triple by 2050.
    Large airplane silhouette
  • How will climate change affect marine megafauna?

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    In other words: As ocean temperatures rise and habitats change, will whales, sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, and other sea creatures adapt or go extinct?
    Humpback whale below surface
  • 3 ways President Biden should act on the climate crisis

    April 13, 2021

    On Earth Day 2021, President Biden will host an international Leaders Climate Summit to rally world leaders around climate change. The goal is for countries to commit to strong measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also strengthening their climate resilience plans. 

    The White House in Washington, DC
  • What are thermal emissions and how are they driving the climate crisis?

    February 09, 2021

    Thermal emissions are the greenhouse gases released from the processes of heating and cooling. Here are four things you need to know about them and what WWF is doing to tackle this challenge.

    Internal structure of a larger thermal power plant with metal pieces and a bright sky
  • 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
  • Hazelnuts: great for the environment, but vulnerable to climate change

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Hazelnuts are known for the rich, distinctive flavor they lend to some of our favorite treats, like chocolate and coffee. But this wonder crop is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
    Hazelnuts on tree
  • Testing the Waters

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Investing in open-ocean seaweed farming could help move the needle on climate change.
    Seaweed underwater
  • 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
  • Tatyana Minenko, polar bear patrol team leader

    Every fall, the Ryrkaipiy polar bear patrol, with the support of WWF Russia, works to protect the community and prevent human-wildlife conflict. Tatyana Minenko has been leading the patrol team since 2006. That’s when the climate crisis increased conflict in her village.

    Closeup of a woman looking through binnoculars, wearing yellow gloves and a white hat, blurry background
  • 5 ways 'We Are Still In' kept the United States in the fight against the climate crisis

    We Are Still In led the United States in climate action by maintaining international leadership and increasing domestic ambition.

    solar panels on a building in Austin Texas
  • 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
  • Why climate change could be bad for beer

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    As erratic weather and droughts driven by climate change impact crops and freshwater, the world’s favorite fermented beverage could take a hit.
    Closeup of glass of beer
  • The future of flight in an era of climate crisis

    September 17, 2020

    Learn four steps to rebuild air travel in a way that protects us against dangerous climate change.

    airplane on a runway
  • 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.