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Guianan, Cock-of-the-Rock, the symbol of French Guiana, shot in the Nouragues Natural Reserve

Forest wildlife populations decline 53% since 1970

The first-ever global assessment of forest biodiversity shows forest-dwelling wildlife populations have declined on average by 53% in the last five decades.

  • Gail and John Eyler on reconnecting with nature

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2019
    Gail and John are involved with numerous environmental causes. We spoke with Gail recently about what conservation means to the two of them.
    Beach landscape
  • Running a tight ship

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2019
    The network of cameras on purse-seine tuna vessels, combined with the enhanced monitoring system, prevents illegal, unreported, and unregulated catches from entering the marketplace.
    Workers sorting tuna
  • An aquatic symphony of beluga whales inspires adventurers

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2019
    "We come across a pod of belugas, and our guide lowers a hydrophone a few feet below the surface of the water. The concert begins, and we learn why belugas are called canaries of the sea."
    Beluga above surface
  • What’s the difference between climate change mitigation and adaptation?

    Climate change adaptation and mitigation are both equally important and time-sensitive in today's climate crisis. We must do both.

    flooded stairs WW2124571 Sean Rayford/Stringer
  • Jaguar: the amazing Amazon big cat

    Considered a protector and symbol of power, jaguars personify the mysterious beauty of the Amazon. This iconic species plays a vital role in its habitat by controlling other species’ populations and helping maintain a healthy ecosystem. 

    jaguar close WW2120938 Emmanuel Rondeau
  • July 4th and food waste: Some tips from our Founding Fathers

    George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson wrote passionately about the value of using food scraps and other waste items to fertilize soil. Here are a few tips to lower your food footprint during the summer holidays.

    Family at backyard cookout
  • Big win: Zambia halts mega dam on a crucial free-flowing river

    June 26, 2019

    In a major boost for communities and wildlife in the Luangwa river valley, the Zambian government halted plans to construct a mega hydropower dam across the river, safeguarding the diverse benefits it provides to people and nature.

    Elephants congregate on the banks of the Luangwa River, Zambia
  • Our oceans are haunted by ghost nets: Why that's scary and what we can do

    June 25, 2019

    Ghost nets don’t only catch fish; they also entangle sea turtles, dolphins and porpoises, birds, sharks, seals, and more. Since hundreds of animals can be caught in a single net, you can see just how monumental this threat is.

    empty fishing net
  • Lower Mura Valley becomes the gateway to the “Amazon of Europe”

    More than 32,000 acres of the Mura River and its crucial floodplains in Austria were declared a “biosphere reserve”—a major step toward conserving one of the richest natural areas in Europe.

    Mura river from above
  • World leaders can keep more fish in the ocean by ending this one practice

    June 18, 2019

    In fishing, money is a strong motivator that can incentivize people to improve practices and fund the management necessary to reduce fishing’s footprint on the natural world. But spending money in the wrong ways can also exacerbate the consequences of overfishing.

    fish with trawl fishing net
  • The problem with plastic in nature and what you can do to help

    June 06, 2019

    If we can take small steps in our everyday lives to reduce plastic waste and make a big impact on the environment.

    storks and plastic Jasper Doest
  • What is forest degradation and why is it bad for people and wildlife?

    When a forest is degraded it still exists, but it can no longer function well. It becomes a shell of its former self; its health declines until it can no longer support people and wildlife by, for example, filtering the air we breathe and water we drink or providing animals with food and places to live.

    degraded land WW286701 Tim Cornin
  • Birds of Bristol Bay

    May 30, 2019

    Bristol Bay’s network of rivers, lakes, and streams are known for producing salmon, but also support wildlife species of all kinds—including birds, like the willow ptarmigan.

    tufted puffin WW247867 McDonald Mirabile
  • Protecting the Peruvian Amazon

    May 24, 2019

    One of the best ways to stop deforestation is to ensure there’s long-term funding to properly manage the country’s national parks.  

    peruvian amazon sunset WW1103396 Day's Edge Productions
  • New technology helps WWF and partners study whales in one of the most remote places on the planet

    May 21, 2019

    Using new technology, like drones and digital tags, researchers have found that nearly every part of the Antarctica peninsula is important for whales’ feeding and resting. But it is also a hotspot for global climate change. WWF is calling for the protection of this remote wilderness in or effort to preserve 30% of the oceans by 2030.

    whale fluke Chris Johnson
  • Forest fires: the good and the bad

    For most people, forest fire is synonymous with disaster. But there are some kinds of forest fires that actually benefit the environment.

    forest fire Madagascar WW199886 Martina Lippuner
  • An uninhabited Australian island littered with plastic

    May 16, 2019

    A tiny, remote island, visited only by nesting turtles and crocs, situated in the middle of nowhere, is now choking with plastic. 

    plastic at Millman RSwwfau12358
  • Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing

    May 09, 2019

    Only a little more than one-third of the world’s 246 longest rivers remain free-flowing, drastically reducing the diverse benefits that healthy rivers provide to people and nature everywhere, according to a new study by WWF and partners.

    Free flowing rivers map
  • Trailblazing women help ensure better tuna fishing in Ghana

    May 02, 2019

    Ocean conservation requires a solid understanding of what we’re taking out of our seas. How much fish do fishers catch? Where do they catch them? And what else are they catching along with the fish?

    tuna port Kyle LaFerriere
  • US failing to meet Arctic protection goals

    April 30, 2019

    Though the US government is meeting some of its commitments in the Arctic, not enough is being done and, in many instances, the government is backsliding, according to a new analysis.

    arctic fox WW266664 Donna Pomeroy
  • Defending the brown bears of Bristol Bay

    April 30, 2019

    Brown bears are not listed as an endangered species—in fact, some populations are doing quite well—but in Southwest Alaska, they face an impending threat from the proposed development of an open-pit gold and copper mine.

    brown bear near pebble mine
  • A “Cinderella” story in tiger conservation

    April 23, 2019

    Four years after being rehabilitated in the Russian Far East, a female tiger's fourth cub has been identified as a female. The significance of this female cub is of great importance to establishing a permanent tiger group in this area.

    Cinderella tiger Russia
  • A proposed mine in Alaska threatens a rare population of seals

    The proposed Pebble Mine threatens the only freshwater lake-dwelling seals in the United States.

    lake iliamna mom and pup seal
  • Edge of the World

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2019
    Ice is a defining factor in Ittoqqortoormiit, a village of 350 on the coast of Greenland. But the ice is changing and the community now works to protect itself from the impacts of climate change.
    James Morgan / WWF-US