Climate Stories

  • 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

    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

    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
  • A shared vision of a clean energy future

    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

    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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Animals Affected by Climate Change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Exploring how climate change could impact species around the world
    Cheetah and cub
  • Explain Climate Change to Family and Friends

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Tell them what it means to you