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Climate march in Washington, DC

Our planet is warming. Here’s what’s at stake if we don’t act now.

The world is already 1.8° F hotter than it was between 1850 and 1900, the pre-industrial era. And while there’s no question that limiting warming to 2.7° F will be difficult, there’s also no question that we have the technology needed to do it—and that it’s worth it.

  • 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
  • A shared vision of a clean energy future

    November 02, 2015

    WWF is collaborating with businesses to make renewable energy a core element of their sustainability strategies. The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles—created collaboratively by companies, the World Resources Institute, and WWF—describe the common needs of large renewable energy buyers and outline a path for transforming our energy system so businesses can get the renewable energy they need to power their operations.

    two people talk next to solar panels
  • Stark white, unpainted canvas of coral bleaching threatens oceans

    October 26, 2015

    When you think about the impacts of climate change on the marine environment, your first thought might be the melting polar ice caps. Yet corals are among the most sensitive ecosystems to warming oceans and may be the most impacted by climate change in the near future.

    coral bleaching
  • At the Top of the World

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2015
    Snow leopards, fresh water & climate change
    Kyrgyzstan
  • Together Across Faiths, Taking Action on Climate Change

    September 17, 2015

    The growing climate crisis is the clearest reminder that we are all connected: the land, waters and atmosphere we share, our global food supply, the social contract that promotes peace within the human family. All are at risk from climate disruption and related natural resource scarcity. At this moment in history, we must look for new ways to collaborate across traditional lines.

    Campaigning youth gathering on Capitol Hill to demand climate legislation and action from the US government.
  • As Arctic Ice Melts, Orcas Move in

    September 10, 2015

    For another year, Arctic sea ice will cover much less of the Arctic Ocean than it used to. And with less ice comes more killer whales—predators that feed on other whales, including some recovering species.

    orcas in Arctic
  • Working Together for Bold Action on Climate Change

    September 01, 2015

    On August 31, 2015, President Obama and leaders of the Arctic nations met in Alaska where they pledged to work together, and with others, to boost strong action on climate change.

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  • Rain-Fed Farms: Harnessing the Power of Precipitation

    August 18, 2015

    Rain is the only source of water for some farmers in Mexico. Warmer temperatures mean water supplies are shrinking and agricultural yields are dropping. Here's how a community in the Mexican state of Chihuahua harness rainfall and use it to grow their crops.

    boy with rain-fed farm
  • Climate Change is a Burning Global Issue

    Wildfires have burned over vast areas of the planet this year. We have seen the dramatic images of the fires and their aftermaths. The smoke has drifted across continents and oceans—sometimes with serious consequences.

    wildfire at night
  • Measuring Up 2015: How US Cities Are Accelerating Progress Toward National Climate Goals

    August 10, 2015

    Cities are taking climate change seriously and setting ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas pollution and protect their residents from extreme weather and other climate hazards. A new report co-authored by ICLEI USA – Local Governments for Sustainability and WWF quantifies just how big city action is and can be in the US.

    Solar panels and SF skyline
  • Climate Change and WWF

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    WWF’s Lou Leonard takes a look at our changing climate and what we can do to face it
    Ice
  • Can Games Better Help Us Adapt to Climate Change?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Can having fun today help create serious behavioral change in order to prepare for an uncertain future?
  • Life-Changing Trip to New Orleans

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    How relief work led Tremaine Phillips to a career fighting climate change
    New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Aftermath
  • Climate Change on the Rio Grande

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Overlook of the Rio Conchos
  • Sea Turtles and Climate Change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A new study shows how hawksbills are escaping the hottest waters of the Persian Gulf
    Hawksbill sea turtle looking at the camera
  • Explain Climate Change to Family and Friends

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Tell them what it means to you
  • Animals Affected by Climate Change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Exploring how climate change could impact species around the world
    Cheetah and cub
  • Deforestation in Peru

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    How indigenous communities, government agencies, nonprofits and businesses work together to stop the clearing of forests
    Rain drenched village in Peru
  • How Does Climate Change Affect Coral Reefs?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Working to nurture more resilient reefs in Belize
    a marine biologist takes photographs of transplanted staghorn
  • How Renewable Energy Can Help Power Businesses

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A shared vision could lead to exponential impact
    Group of wind turbines, Selfkant, Germany
  • Editor's Note: "Global weirding"

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
  • What Can We Do about Climate Change?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
  • Polar Bear Habitat Loss is Pushing Them over the Edge

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A new plan for resilience in a warming Arctic
    polar bear