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red panda in tree, Sikkim, India

Red pandas, climate change, and the fight to save forests

While residents of Sikkim honor the endangered red panda, they also understand the species is under a growing threat. Climate change is impacting species across the globe and red pandas—with less than 10,000 left in the wild—are not immune.

  • 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
  • Generation Next Macedonia Earth Hour
  • Capturing atmospheric data in the Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    Capturing atmospheric data in the Amazon
    ATTO tower in the Amazon
  • Climate change front and center in President’s final State of the Union address

    January 12, 2016

    In his final State of the Union address, President Obama looked back on the first seven years of his Administration, celebrating major initiatives that have helped protect our planet for future generations, and underscoring how far we have yet to go.

    US Capital Building
  • Fishers in Mozambique feel the impact of climate change

    December 21, 2015

    Fishers in Mozambique have noticed changes in catch size and ocean currents as a result of a changing climate. WWF and partners are working to restore and protect the natural resources on which local fishing and farming communities depend.

    boys in a boat
  • Landmark climate deal struck in Paris

    December 14, 2015

    After weeks of negotiations, 196 nations approved a landmark global plan to curb climate change in the years to come. By its design, the Paris Agreement creates the opportunity for nations to continuously strengthen their climate actions over time.

    polar bear on ice
  • Solutions for a hot, crowded, and hungry world

    December 08, 2015

    Energy production is the largest source of these emissions, but agriculture contributes a significant share—about 24%, according to the World Resources Institute. Clearly, improving the way we produce food is critical in the fight against climate change.

    farming in kenya
  • How climate change relates to oceans

    December 01, 2015

    The interaction between climate and oceans is altering, and the exchange is intensifying. As the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean. If we reach a tipping point, we will likely see more extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels and temperatures, and melting of sea ice and ice sheets.

    sunset over ocean
  • Celebrating our conservation successes of 2015

    Every so often, it’s important to pause, take a step back, and celebrate the progress we’ve made together in conserving the world’s wildlife and beautiful places. And this year gave us much to applaud. Though our conservation challenges persist and there’s still much work to be done, we all need take a moment to appreciate just how far we’ve come by working in tandem to protect the planet we love.

    african elephants in KAZA
  • Building a future-proof world: Paris climate talks

    November 05, 2015

    If we act on climate change now, a safer and more prosperous future is within our grasp. Later this month, heads of state from around the world will gather in Paris to decide whether to actively work toward that prosperous future or whether to keep the status quo and hope for the best.

    climate march