Stories

  • 5 ways WWF is advocating for strong US policies to protect nature in 2024

    January 11, 2024

    WWF is advocating for robust US policies in 2024, including the renewal and expansion of conservation programs, reduction of plastic waste through policy enactment, and more. Collaboration with partners, supporters, and activists is crucial for achieving lasting policy solutions and reversing the alarming rate of nature loss.

    View of the US Capitol Building from the National Mall showing a statue of a person on a horse and the big white building in the background on a sunny day
  • WWF uses new wireless technology to track elephants

    January 04, 2024

    Through a pilot project that uses a special kind of long-range wireless technology in elephant collars, we’re testing how this new tech works with monitoring species over large and remote areas.

    A person carrying a monitor walks behind two elephants.
  • How bountiful seas could help an Indigenous community keep a thousand-year old dish alive

    January 04, 2024

    The Huilliche community of Yaldad, Chile gathers to cook and enjoy curanto, a dish that preserves their culture and honors the legacy of their ancestors.

    Member of the Huilliche Indigenous community in Yaldad, Chile, looks to camera as he walks with two plates of curanto, a traditional dish
  • Celebrating 50 years of the Endangered Species Act

    December 20, 2023

    Fifty years later, we’re reflecting on the success of our bedrock conservation law—and continuing to work together to ensure that it protects the world's most vulnerable species for another 50 years (and more!).

    A black-footed ferret pops its head out of a hole at night with a large starry sky in the background
  • What makes whales fin-tastic climate champions?

    December 20, 2023

    Whales are the largest living creatures on the planet. In fact, blue and fin whales are the two largest animals that have ever existed. But this massive stature is not their only superpower: whales play an important role when it comes to climate change mitigation.

    Three whales in Southern Ocean
  • In 2023, Panda Ambassadors made an impact for the planet

    December 18, 2023

    Panda Ambassadors are some of WWF’s most engaged activists – supporters who step up to be leaders in their communities and help carry out WWF’s mission through a variety of projects. In 2023, like every year, Panda Ambassadors committed to completing 4 projects, and their accomplishments are impressive.

    panda ambassadors
  • Key takeaways from the COP28 climate summit in Dubai

    December 14, 2023

    After days of intense negotiations, a landmark agreement emerged from the UN climate summit in Dubai, marking a significant step towards addressing the climate crisis. For the first time in history, the agreement explicitly calls on all nations to transition away from fossil fuels, a crucial step in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming.

    Leaders walk out of the COP28 pavilion in Dubai
  • Conservation highlights of 2023

    December 14, 2023

    From launching a new platform that harnesses the power of nature in the fight against the climate crisis to raising critical funding to protect black rhinos in Namibia, together we've taken major strides in 2023.

    Fishing boat on water with grassy hills behind
  • Restoring the natural flow of the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo River

    December 07, 2023

    Prior to the 1880s, the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo was a largely natural, free-flowing river. By the 1930s – just 50 years later – it had been diverted thousands of times to supply water for farm irrigation. Large irrigation channels were sliced into the land to send water to almost 300,000 acres of new farmland.

    For the first time, a study supported by WWF analyzed the full river basin, exploring the impacts of restoring different amounts of natural flow, along with how to make it happen.

    Wildflowers grow on the slopes above the Rio Grande just outside of Terlingua and Big Bend, Texas.
  • WWF's Marcene Mitchell on what we need to see at COP28

    December 06, 2023

    The negotiators gathering in Dubai today for the UN COP28 climate summit are fully aware of the challenge before them. The first iteration of the global stocktake report, a key component of the Paris Agreement released in the lead-up to this year’s summit, paints a sobering picture: while we have made strides since 2010, the current trajectory of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions still falls perilously short of the targets set to limit warming.

    Drone photograph of the Armstrong Cooperatives olar plant
  • Halftime at the COP

    December 06, 2023

    With over 100,000 attendees in the massive Dubai Expo Center, it's halftime at the Superbowl of climate change talks—but this is no game. Our fate as a planet hangs in the balance of what is happening here.

    Banners announcing COP28 outside of summit building, Dubai
  • We’re experiencing the hottest year in human history. World leaders must act now to fight the climate crisis.

    November 30, 2023

    This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded, according to an announcement by the World Meteorological Organization at critical international climate talks underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Dry cracked land affected by drought with a sparse tree in the background
  • Is COP 28 worth it?

    November 28, 2023

    This year’s COP is critical as an inflection point in the transition away from fossil fuels and towards a renewable energy economy. We need to rapidly scale clean energy, and we need to do it while minimizing harm to nature.

    A vertical green sign reads COP28 at a building in Dubai
  • COP28: A crucial moment for climate action

    November 28, 2023

    The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) is the United Nations’ 28th annual climate summit, and it is being held at a critical time for the world. The summit is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.

    wind turbines stretch across peat landscape
  • The climate crisis will lead to conflict at sea. A new platform helps predict where—and how to prevent it.

    November 20, 2023

    WWF announced the launch of our Oceans Futures platform, a first-of-its-kind initiative that uses global climate and fisheries models to highlight 20 regions of the world that will likely see greater conflict, food insecurity, or geo-political tensions over ocean resources by 2030.

    Pulling up fishing nets.
  • A brief history of carbon in our atmosphere

    November 16, 2023

    Carbon is essential to life on Earth. As the atmosphere has evolved, the amount of carbon in it has increased due to human activity, primarily from burning fossil fuels, resulting in the climate crisis. 

    Clouds in a blue sky
  • A corridor for blue whales, humpbacks, and more marine wildlife

    November 15, 2023

    Once home to a whaling station, Chile's Guafo Island now teems with biodiversity. It's a cetecean migratory hotspot and the site of a major conservation project for 10 Indigenous tribes and WWF.

    A humpback whale feeds in the waters near Guafo Island, Chile
  • New guide helps ensure infrastructure works for people—and the planet

    November 13, 2023

    Putting nature at the heart of infrastructure design offers a great way to help halt and reverse biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

    Aerial view of a bridge filled with vegetation over a multi-lane highway
  • Camera traps showcase Malaysia’s incredible biodiversity

    November 09, 2023

    Months after their initial setup, the camera traps revealed the rich diversity of wildlife in one of the world’s oldest forests and what’s at stake if poaching, deforestation, and human-wildlife conflict are not addressed.

    tiger looks into camera trap in Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia
  • Q&A: Activist Betty Osei Bonsu on plastic waste, finding solutions, and galvanizing youth

    November 07, 2023

    Activists play a significant role in encouraging governments to effectively tackle the plastic pollution crisis. Among them is Betty Osei Bonsu, who is mobilizing youth to fight for a solution—for people and the planet.

    Betty Osei Bonsup stands at a lectern giving a speech in a blue blazer and white shirt
  • We need to transform how we power the world—for the benefit of people and nature

    November 03, 2023

    In a first-of-its-kind analysis, WWF and Boston Consulting Group compare a rapid transition to renewable energy to our current approach dominated by fossil fuels across key areas. The results show that a rapid transition to renewable energy is dramatically better for nature, human health and safety, and jobs.

    Landscape photo of a field of solar panels at sunrise. There are two wind turbines in the distance. Everything is shrouded in a light mist.
  • Oysters: an unsung hero in a changing climate

    October 30, 2023

    Oysters, in all their stunning variety and storied reputation for pearls and elegant cuisine, play an exemplary–if often unacknowledged–role in mitigating the effects of our warming planet.

    overhead view of cluster of oysters ready to be shipped
  • How WWF is protecting lemurs in Madagascar

    October 27, 2023

    In southwestern Madagascar, WWF is working with communities to protect lemurs in the community-managed Amoron’i Onilahy Protected Area by keeping habitat intact for lemurs and the people who rely on the forest for survival.

    A ringtail lemur holds onto a tree trunk in a forest
  • Transforming how we produce animal feed to protect people and nature

    October 26, 2023

    In a world where meat, dairy, and eggs hold generations of tradition, embracing the complexities of animal agriculture and its environmental impact is crucial. By addressing this together, we are taking big steps toward a better and more sustainable future in farming.

    A red harvester rolls through a field with wind turbines in the background on a sunny day