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Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of our biggest conservation successes of the year. And we couldn’t have done it without your support.

  • Modeling Resilience

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    More than 4 million people call Nepal’s Gandaki River Basin home.
    Gandaki River Basin, Nepal
  • WWF digs a safe home for endangered freshwater seals

    January 24, 2017

    An endangered population of freshwater seals in Finland recently received a lifeline from volunteers in the form of human-made snowbanks.

    A pregnant Saimaa ringed seal
  • Exponential Power

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    With pressure from customers, employees, and shareholders—and based on a growing realization of the impacts America’s electricity footprint has on the climate—many corporations are trying to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
    Exponential Power RGB SpringMag2017
  • 2016 declared the hottest year on record

    January 18, 2017

    Earth’s surface temperatures in 2016 shattered all previous record highs since modern record keeping began in 1880. Much of the warming is attributed to climate change. 

    sea in in Ilulissat, Greenland
  • A new way to predict and prevent the end of coral reefs

    January 05, 2017

    For the first time, researchers have created models to predict when, where, and to what extent coral bleaching will occur in reefs around the world at a finer scale than ever before.

    coral bleaching
  • Report warns of unprecedented struggles in a warming Arctic

    December 13, 2016

    The Arctic is seeing unprecedented declines in sea ice and snow cover triggered by abnormally warm temperatures, according to a new report, the Arctic Report Card, released by the US government.

    Melting ice along the Bering Strait
  • Record low sea ice impacts polar bears

    December 07, 2016

    As the planet warms, we’re seeing a startling loss of Arctic sea ice. This is a major concern when it comes to wildlife conservation—particularly for polar bears. Dr. Klenzendorf shares her experience observing polar bears in Churchill.

    polar bear walking on ice
  • Community leaders work to protect Papua's forests and fight climate change

    November 09, 2016

    Community leaders in Papua are inspiring people to support the approach that local communities, WWF, and others are starting to use to save Papua’s forests—which are some of the largest remaining intact forests in Southeast Asia, but are increasingly at risk of being destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations, as well as mining and industrial logging operations.

    Alex Waisimon
  • Pivotal global climate agreement enters into force

    November 04, 2016

    Eleven months ago, nearly 200 nations signed on to the first truly global agreement to curb climate change. And now that deal is officially entering into force. The agreement's enactment marks an auspicious start to the next round of climate negotiations that will take place this month in Morocco.

    people march in support of climate action
  • Fight climate change by preventing food waste

    October 13, 2016

    One-third of all the food produced goes to waste. Food waste is both a humanitarian concern and drives climate change. Here are some tips to prevent food waste. 

    Avocados and bananas for sale
  • New global agreement will help curb pollution from aviation

    October 10, 2016

    We now have a process in place to curb international aviation’s skyrocketing emissions. For the first time ever, the United Nations' civil aviation body agreed last week to put a cap on the emissions for an international sector rather than a country.

    the view from an airplane window
  • Mangroves may be one of nature's best defenses against a changing climate

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Found along about two-thirds of the planet’s tropical coastlines, these semi-aquatic plants constitute some of the most dynamic and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth.
    A mangrove
  • Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest extent on record

    September 16, 2016

    The Arctic’s summer sea ice appears to have hit its lowest extent of the year, putting pressure on the region’s diverse wildlife. Ice covered only 1.6 million square miles on Sept. 10, and 2016 is now tied with 2007 for the second-lowest sea ice extent on record, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • A world powered by renewable energy is within reach

    September 01, 2016

    To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we must shift our global energy supply from one that relies on dirty fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—to one that is supported by clean and sustainable sources. The good news is that this transition is already well underway, according to a new WWF report.

    Group of wind turbines, Selfkant, Germany
  • Extreme weather threatens monarch butterfly habitat

    August 22, 2016

    Extreme weather caused by climate change is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.

    monarchs in trees in Mexico
  • James Redford on the power of telling stories to create positive change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    James Redford remembers a solitary walk in a snowstorm in Timpanogos Canyon, Utah, as the moment his love for nature “shifted into place and never left.”
    A dry canyon in the American southwest
  • Man standing on glacier
  • Chris Dodd on making conservation accessible and why a river always runs through him

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    Some of Chris Dodd's most enduring memories revolve around rivers.
    Chris Dodd
  • Nine snow leopard range countries equipped with tools for climate smart landscape management planning

    June 15, 2016

    Over 40 representatives from nine of 12 snow leopard range countries gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2016 for a workshop on climate smart conservation planning at the landscape level to protect the iconic snow leopard and its habitat.

    altai natural park
  • Sockeye salmon and climate change

    It’s hard to talk about salmon without talking Bristol Bay. Each year, at the end of June, in the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run, millions of fish flood the area’s rivers providing local communities with sustenance, fueling marine and seaside businesses, and contributing up to two-thirds of the state’s total salmon fishery value. But as June turned to July, there were hardly any salmon in Bristol Bay. People feared the worst. Where had all the fish gone?

    Rivers flowing and mountains in Alaska
  • This Earth Day, a global climate transformation is underway

    April 21, 2016

    Every year, Earth Day connects people across the US and the world through advocacy and action to protect our planet. And this year is particularly special: heads of state and foreign ministers from more than 120 countries will come together in New York to formally sign an agreement to act on climate.

    Supporters at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Scenes from the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. 20.09.2014
  • What is crowdsourcing and how can it help us adapt to climate change?

    April 19, 2016

    Crowdsourcing is a way to find solutions to problems by asking a large group of people to contribute information, ideas, data, and content about a certain idea. WWF is using this tool to address knowledge gaps about climate change, and help implement solutions.

    Rwanda landscape
  • Arctic wildlife under threat as sea ice hits historic low

    March 29, 2016

    After a record-breaking warm Arctic winter, sea ice hit a record low for the largest area it covers during the winter months. The ice covered only 5.60 million square miles on March 24— surpassing last year’s record low of 5.61 million square miles.

    polar bear on ice
  • Survey suggests migratory monarchs are rebounding—with a long road ahead

    February 26, 2016

    A new survey conducted last December indicates migratory monarch butterfly populations grew in 2015, occupying almost 10 acres of forest in their hibernation sites in Mexico. Though this shows a boost from the previous two years, the numbers are considerably low compared to 20 years ago.

    monarch on flower