Effects of Climate Change Stories

  • Can we help wildlife adapt by crowdsourcing human responses to climate change?

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    Climate Crowd, an online platform for crowdsourcing data, helps us learn how rural and indigenous communities around the world are responding to climate change, among other things.
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  • Walrus habitat on the edge

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    In what has become the new normal over the past 10 years, residents of the Inupiat village of Point Lay on the coast of the Chukchi Sea in Alaska have had new neighbors each fall.
    Walrus
  • A Changing Arctic

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    What climate change and receding sea ices mean for the people, wildlife, economy, and politics of the far North.
    Standing on snow in the Arctic
  • President Trump rolls back progress made on crucial climate change policy

    March 28, 2017

    President  Trump and his administration announced they would take measures to roll back crucial climate change policies.

    wind farm in United States
  • Going beyond Earth Hour

    Now that you've joined hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching of your lights for one designated hour, continue to show your solidarity for climate action. Try to tackle one, two, or even all nine of the items on this list.

    bicycles on a rack
  • US should continue to lead the way on climate change action

    March 06, 2017

    Congress and the new Administration must continue to make action on climate change a priority, both at home and abroad. Here's how they should do so.

    US Capitol Building and Washington Monument
  • WWF digs a safe home for endangered freshwater seals

    January 24, 2017

    An endangered population of freshwater seals in Finland recently received a lifeline from volunteers in the form of human-made snowbanks.

    A pregnant Saimaa ringed seal
  • 2016 declared the hottest year on record

    January 18, 2017

    Earth’s surface temperatures in 2016 shattered all previous record highs since modern record keeping began in 1880. Much of the warming is attributed to climate change. 

    sea in in Ilulissat, Greenland
  • US government releases a new plan to protect polar bears

    January 09, 2017

    The Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, which focuses on actions for the two U.S. subpopulations in Alaska, stresses the importance of climate change mitigation in curbing the loss of the polar bear’s sea ice habitat.

    Polar bear with two cubs
  • A new way to predict and prevent the end of coral reefs

    January 05, 2017

    For the first time, researchers have created models to predict when, where, and to what extent coral bleaching will occur in reefs around the world at a finer scale than ever before.

    coral bleaching
  • Report warns of unprecedented struggles in a warming Arctic

    December 13, 2016

    The Arctic is seeing unprecedented declines in sea ice and snow cover triggered by abnormally warm temperatures, according to a new report, the Arctic Report Card, released by the US government.

    Melting ice along the Bering Strait
  • Record low sea ice impacts polar bears

    December 07, 2016

    As the planet warms, we’re seeing a startling loss of Arctic sea ice. This is a major concern when it comes to wildlife conservation—particularly for polar bears. Dr. Klenzendorf shares her experience observing polar bears in Churchill.

    polar bear walking on ice
  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

    December 01, 2016

    The past year has shown us that when we work together, we can challenge the threats to nature and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing. Take a look at 2016 in review.

    Elephants close
  • Pivotal global climate agreement enters into force

    November 04, 2016

    Eleven months ago, nearly 200 nations signed on to the first truly global agreement to curb climate change. And now that deal is officially entering into force. The agreement's enactment marks an auspicious start to the next round of climate negotiations that will take place this month in Morocco.

    people march in support of climate action
  • Why do polar bears have white fur? And nine other polar bear facts

    Who doesn't love the big, burly white bears of the north? Polar bears—at the top of the food chain and vital to the health of the Arctic marine environment—are important to the cultures and economies of Arctic peoples. 

     

    Polar bear with two cubs
  • Where do snow leopards live? And nine other snow leopard facts

    Snow leopards scale the great, steep slopes of mountains in Central Asia with ease, blending into the landscape. But these endangered cats face many threats including habitat loss, reduced prey and retaliatory killings. WWF works to reduce human-leopard conflict and protect the fragile snow leopard habitat.

    Snow Leopard
  • Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest extent on record

    September 16, 2016

    The Arctic’s summer sea ice appears to have hit its lowest extent of the year, putting pressure on the region’s diverse wildlife. Ice covered only 1.6 million square miles on Sept. 10, and 2016 is now tied with 2007 for the second-lowest sea ice extent on record, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • Extreme weather threatens monarch butterfly habitat

    August 22, 2016

    Extreme weather caused by climate change is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.

    monarchs in trees in Mexico
  • James Redford on the power of telling stories to create positive change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    James Redford remembers a solitary walk in a snowstorm in Timpanogos Canyon, Utah, as the moment his love for nature “shifted into place and never left.”
    A dry canyon in the American southwest
  • Sockeye salmon and climate change

    It’s hard to talk about salmon without talking Bristol Bay. Each year, at the end of June, in the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run, millions of fish flood the area’s rivers providing local communities with sustenance, fueling marine and seaside businesses, and contributing up to two-thirds of the state’s total salmon fishery value. But as June turned to July, there were hardly any salmon in Bristol Bay. People feared the worst. Where had all the fish gone?

    Rivers flowing and mountains in Alaska
  • Meet WWF's Chief Scientist Dr. Rebecca Shaw

    WWF’s Chief Scientist Dr. Rebecca Shaw is a brilliant thought leader who has been researching and leading interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and climate change for more than 30 years.

    Rebecca Shaw
  • This Earth Day, a global climate transformation is underway

    April 21, 2016

    Every year, Earth Day connects people across the US and the world through advocacy and action to protect our planet. And this year is particularly special: heads of state and foreign ministers from more than 120 countries will come together in New York to formally sign an agreement to act on climate.

    Supporters at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Scenes from the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. 20.09.2014
  • What is crowdsourcing and how can it help us adapt to climate change?

    Crowdsourcing is a way to find solutions to problems by asking a large group of people to contribute information, ideas, data, and content about a certain idea. WWF is using this tool to address knowledge gaps about climate change, and help implement solutions.

    Rwanda landscape
  • Eyes on the water in Belize

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    In Palencia Village, a loose coalition of people is finding new ways to make a living from nature while protecting their long-held way of life
    Mariko Wallen snorkeling to evaluate staghorn and elkhorn corals at Laughing Bird Caye National Park