Overlapping heavily with snow leopard habitat, the Third Pole encompasses the snow-covered mountains surrounding the Tibetan Plateau. The Pole’s thousands of glaciers and regular snow melt form the headwaters for 10 of Asia’s biggest rivers, which bring drinking water, power and irrigation directly to 210 million people, while these river basins indirectly support more than 1.3 billion people.
Around the globe we are already feeling the effects of climate change: extreme weather events, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels, to name a few. These impacts may sometimes leave us feeling helpless. But if we act now, there is still time to face this threat and there is plenty that we can do as individuals to make a real difference.
Evanston, Illinois, is our new 2015 US Earth Hour Capital. An international jury selected the city from among 44 participating US cities. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge highlights and supports local action towards climate change including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and preparing for the impacts of extreme weather.
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
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.
It’s no question that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. But here’s the good news: world leaders are taking note and working together to make concrete strides to a more prosperous future.
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.
WWF's Elisabeth Kruger focuses on mitigating conflict between polar bears and people, and ensuring species conservation is consistent in the three countries that are home to the Bering, Chukchi, and Beafort Sea polar bears: the US, Russia and Canada.
Two days before world leaders convened in New York City for a UN-led summit on climate change, people stepped out into the streets to show those leaders—and the rest of the world—just how much they want their governments to act.
To increase chances of conservation success, we must understand traits that make an individual species especially resilient or vulnerable to changes in climate. Different species will be affected in different ways; sometimes negatively, but not always.
As Arctic sea ice nears its minimum this year, walruses—mostly females and their young—have been forced ashore into crowded haul-outs in Russia and Alaska. The sea ice has again disappeared over shallow feeding areas in the Chukchi Sea.
Extreme weather events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels—all with links to climate change—are impacting the United States and the world, according to a new report by a group of leading US scientists and released by the White House on May 6.
WWF and partners are working to restore a section of the Rio Grande/Bravo along the US-Mexico border. The river’s water is already 150% over-allocated and the onset of climate change has led to serious drought.
In the most recent migration, fewer of the orange- and red-winged monarchs made it to the end of the journey than ever before. The monarch butterfly population in Mexico was the lowest ever since 1993.
The International Forum on the Conservation of Polar Bears will bring together representatives from polar bear range countries, along with scientists, members of indigenous communities, WWF and other conservation leaders.
Government representatives from the 12 Asian countries where snow leopards roam endorsed an ambitious new plan at the meeting today—a plan to protect and conserve snow leopards and their high mountain range habitat.
U.S. companies are in a position to start an amazing race for climate profits. This race won’t happen around the confusing streets of an exotic city, but inside the board rooms and under the factory floors of businesses across America. And the prize? Not a million dollars. But right now at least $190 billion with a B. Everyone who competes can win their share.