Stories

  • WWF’s Johan Bergenas on why he loves the ocean—and what we need to do to protect it

    June 08, 2021

    WWF's senior vice president for ocean conservation, Johan Bergenas, tells us why he loves the ocean, and why we cannot afford to lose it.

    A pod of long snouted spinner dolphins break the surface
  • 3 ways the US can act on the plastic waste crisis and protect our oceans

    An exorbitant amount of plastic waste continues to plague our oceans, threatening marine life and the people who depend on these waters for their livelihoods. Despite the dire scope of this crisis, the growing momentum to address it is promising.

    Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka.
  • Why we need connected landscapes to save ungulate migrations

    An international team is working to create a much-needed global ungulate migration atlas to help guide conservation efforts. Ungulates provide most of the prey for the world’s large carnivore and scavenger populations, as well as food and livelihood opportunities for local and Indigenous communities. Their seasonal migrations are necessary for healthy ecosystems and sustaining the animals and people that depend on them.

    A zebra standing in tall grass turns its head around to look at the camera as teh sun sets
  • Fortune 500 companies are acting on the climate crisis—but is it enough?

    June 02, 2021

    Sixty percent of Fortune 500 companies have set goals to act on the climate crisis and address energy use, yet those ambitions vary dramatically—and are not happening at the speed or scale needed to stave off the worst impacts of a warming planet, according to a new WWF report.

    A man working at solar power station
  • WWF's Ellie Yanagisawa on memory, art, and protecting our ocean

    May 27, 2021

    As my love for the ocean has grown exponentially over the years, so too has my awareness of the effects of the climate crisis on marine life and island communities.

    Ellie Yanagisawa looks out across a beach on Amami in the morning.
  • New Rangeland Atlas reveals the importance of healthy rangelands to wildlife and humans

    May 26, 2021

    Until now, grasslands have rarely been a target of international conservation agendas. Although they provide key habitat for wildlife and critical ecosystem services, they are often undervalued because we have not invested the necessary resources to calculate their benefits to people and nature. The Rangelands Atlas fills part of that void.

    Healthy grasslands in Lowry, South Dakota
  • “One Health” and COVID-19, one year later

    May 24, 2021

    More than a year after the emergence of COVID-19, WWF worked with GlobeScan to conduct a survey of over 6,500 respondents in the United States, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar to build on the learnings from the original 2020 survey and gain a better understanding of consumer insight and perceptions of zoonotic spillover risk.

    A black toucan and small tan monkey tied to a cage by their legs at a market
  • WWF’s Nilanga Jayasinghe on how her Asian heritage inspired her conservation career

    May 20, 2021

    Nilanga Jayasinghe grew up in Sri Lanka where she developed a fascination with elephants. She now works on Asian species for WWF.

    Nilanga Jayasinghe smiling at the camera in front of water with an elephant walking by
  • Local communities are key to equitable, sustainable food systems

    May 19, 2021

    Agriculture is part of the solution for both climate and nature and can help achieve sustainable, equitable, resilient food systems that benefit people and the planet. And the often-underrepresented perspectives and experiences of those from local communities, especially women, are critical to successful transformation.

    A girl in a white dress holds a green bucket above her head and smiles at the camera
  • An eco-wakening: How consumer behaviors are changing in response to the planetary crisis

    May 18, 2021

    A new report shows people around the world are concerned about their relationship with nature, changing their ways, and demanding more action to protect the planet.

    Marchers hold signs at New York City Climate March
  • More than 70% of snow leopard habitat remains unexplored

    May 17, 2021

    Snow leopards live in some of the most rugged landscapes in Asia’s high mountains, which makes it incredibly difficult to study these rare and elusive big cats. A large majority of snow leopard habitat remains under-researched, according to the first-ever systematic review of snow leopard research conducted to date.

    A snow leopard lying down in the snow looks directly at the camera
  • WWF’s Grace Lee on onggi, resilience, and the abundance of nature

    May 12, 2021

    At WWF, I work to motivate people to protect the natural world—the wildlife, wild places, and communities that make our planet. Just as my dad, who immigrated from Korea, saw the abundance of opportunity in this country, I see endless possibilities in how we can address Earth’s most pressing conservation issues.

    Grace Lee sits in front of her mom and dad at a national park with a huge red arch in the background
  • How solar power is helping a community and jaguars

    May 06, 2021

    A solar powered fence reduces jaguar attacks and brings electricity to a ranch for the very first time.

    jaguar in Mexican forest as captured by camera trap
  • Sustainability and tradition

    May 04, 2021

    Being an archipelago nation made up of over 300 islands, Fiji is rich with marine life and biodiversity. With such close ties to the ocean, fishing is a major part of traditional Fijian life and many communities self-manage their resources.

    Aerial view of a fishing community along the coast nestled up against clear blue waters
  • Hopeful beginnings: First bison calves born on Wolakota Buffalo Range

    April 27, 2021

    As fresh snow redecorated the tranquil plains of the Wolakota Buffalo Range, new and precious life entered the world. Two bison calves took their first breaths amid the falling flakes—the first to be born on this ground in at least 140 years.

    A bison cow and her calf stand in a snowy field
  • Biden administration releases US national climate plan

    April 22, 2021

    On Earth Day, the Biden administration took a big step forward by releasing the US national climate plan at the international Leaders Climate Summit that nearly doubles the previous administration's commitment with a pledge to cut US emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

    Wide landscape shot of a large storm cloud rolling over green grassland
  • Why seaweed farming matters in Maine

    April 22, 2021

    Fisher-farmers on the coast of Maine have recognized the opportunity seaweed offers. With much of their community reliant on a single industry—lobstering—and with climate change warming the waters of the Gulf of Maine faster than most other waters across the globe, seaweed farming offers an avenue for self-employed fishers to diversify their income, support the ecosystem on which they rely, and use equipment they already own.

    Matt Moretti on board ship harvests kelp off coast of Maine
  • How to make your picnic basket eco-friendly

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Eating outdoors isn’t just ideal for safe, pandemic-era, socially distant fun, it’s also a perfect opportunity to practice eco-friendly habits.
    Picnic blanket with food
  • How lasers can unlock a trove of ecological information

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Shooting laser beams at the Earth might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact these focused light pulses are at the heart of a powerful conservation tool.
    Lidar device with aperture labels
  • Advocating for climate-conscious air travel

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    As more and more people take to the skies, scientists project that without advances in airplane efficiency and industry-wide regulations, commercial aviation emissions could triple by 2050.
    Large airplane silhouette
  • Meet the Peter Pan of salamanders, the axolotl

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    A salamander found in lakes and canals in the southern part of Mexico City, the axolotl is one of a kind and critically endangered in the wild.
    Pink axolotl up close
  • A warning sign: where biodiversity loss is happening around the world

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    The Living Planet Index showed that different regions of the world have been experiencing biodiversity loss at different rates.
    Tree frog
  • Resilient rivers

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    In Cambodia, WWF sets its sights on keeping the lower Mekong River flowing free
    Mangrove roots on riverbank
  • A dam predicament

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    By engaging with decision-makers and key players around the world, WWF works to keep dams from impeding free-flowing rivers while amplifying opportunities for sustainable energy-producing alternatives
    Solar panels in mountain landscape