One hundred and thirty-six wild Yellowstone bison—free of cattle genes—reclaimed their historic home in the Northern Great Plains when released into the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s cultural buffalo reserve.
Despite roaming vast distances in the Northern Great Plains, bison do not move south as the weather grows cold and inhospitable, though they may move to lower elevations where snow is not so deep. Temperatures plummet well below zero, bitter winds whip across the landscape, and bison still remain.
WWF lost a true friend and colleague this week. Dr. Theo Colborn (1927-2014) was an inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. She was well known for her keen intellect, fierce determination, and an unyielding commitment to science and protecting the planet.
Today President Obama announced the protection of Bristol Bay, Alaska, from offshore oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is home to the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America and stands unmatched in its productivity. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon come from these waters.
Laura Bareis hit the pavement for wildlife. The South Dakota native decided to ride her bike—laden with all the necessary gear—across the United States to raise funds for WWF’s work in protecting species and wild places around the world.
Mountains—the highest points on the planet—provide vital support for some of the most spectacular landscapes and diverse ecosystems on Earth. Covering a quarter of Earth’s land surface, mountain regions sustain a breadth of species and provide local communities with the essential goods and services they depend on for survival.
His Royal Highness Prince William announced a major step in the fight against illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank today. The United for Wildlife Transportation Task Force was created to promote zero tolerance of transport of illegal wildlife parts across borders. It will work with the commercial transportation sector, including airline and shipping companies, to keep illegal wildlife out of their operations.
Have you ever experienced the excitement of getting ready to run a marathon after months of training and preparation? Well, that's exactly how I felt today as I arrived in Lima, Peru, for the next round of UN climate talks. Over the next few weeks, I'll be joining my WWF colleagues on the ground in Lima to encourage international leaders to take bold and necessary climate action
The problems facing our planet are increasingly more complex and urgent. That’s why WWF has been hard at work for more than 50 years protecting it. We save wildlife around the globe, and we work to protect Earth’s vital forests, oceans and fresh water. We also continue to find solutions to feed a hungry planet and address the impacts of climate change.
Forty percent. That’s the stunning population loss for polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea. The news comes from a new study linking the dramatic decline in this polar bear subpopulation in northeast Alaska and Canada to a loss of sea ice due to climate change.
For generations, nature has provided for the residents of Malaysia’s islands and coasts. But growing demand for seafood throughout the region has left the seas nearly empty. As communities face the reality that fishing is no longer enough to support the economy, they are hoping tourism can create new opportunities.
Food waste is thoughtless. Most of us aren’t even aware of it. When we don’t use what we have, we not only waste food, but we negatively impact precious resources including biodiversity and animal habitats.
Illegally caught seafood looks the same as any other seafood you buy at a store or in a market, making it extremely difficult for you to tell right from wrong. Try tracing the fish on your plate back to the ship with this infographic. Then, learn how we can fix this process.
For decades, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed World Heritage Status and been synonymous with diving, tourism and with Australia. But in June of this year, UNESCO threatened to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list; a category populated predominantly by war-torn and developing nations. The final decision should be made in 2015.
Today, the Philippines' oceans are troubled. For over a century, coastal development, destructive fishing practices, coral mining, sedimentation, overfishing and chemical pollution have chipped away at the ocean’s health. Add to that climate change consequences such as ocean warming, acidification and coral bleaching, and we have an undersea war against marine resources. Faced with this problem, many countries within the Coral Triangle have established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), to conserve what’s left.
Antonio Bustos’ family has been fishing Chile’s coastal waters for more than four generations. Artisanal fishers like him used to be able to earn a good living, but increased competition for dwindling fish stocks have made it harder to stay afloat. Some have decided to ignore the quotas that are meant to let fish populations rebound.
WWF has facilitated the first-ever nationwide solar bulk purchasing program. Across the country, communities have banded together to get solar panels installed on individual houses in their neighborhoods.