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Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of our biggest conservation successes of the year. And we couldn’t have done it without your support.

  • President Trump announces intent to withdraw from Paris Agreement

    May 31, 2017

    The United States has announced its intent to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, the world’s first truly global plan to address climate change.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • Freshwater dolphin species and facts

    Swimming through fresh waters in parts of South America and Asia is what one might consider an unexpected figure: the dolphin. It joins the ranks of the shark and the sea turtle as some of the oldest creatures on Earth. And while they're most commonly associated with oceans, dolphins—and porpoises—can actually be found in several major rivers on two continents.

    Amazon river dolphin jumping out of the water
  • Preparing communities for the rising risk of flooding in the face of climate change

    May 24, 2017

    Flooding is currently the most common natural disaster worldwide, and rising global temperatures will only make it more frequent and severe. WWF has developed an integrated framework for managing floods, giving managers more flexible and effective solutions to prevent or respond to such natural disasters. 

    A road ripped apart by a flooding river.
  • Changing people and landscapes: Farida's story

    May 24, 2017

    In Kyrgyzstan, community based conservation activities led by Farida Balbakova have paved the way for an integrated, climate-smart landscape management plan to protect the snow leopard.

    Farida Balbakova
  • Nepal successfully collars four snow leopards in four years

    May 17, 2017

    A snow leopard was successfully collared in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area on May 8, 2017 making it the fourth one to be collared in Nepal’s eastern snow leopard conservation complex.

    Collared snow leopard, Yalung.
  • Without global action, the world’s smallest porpoise could go extinct by 2018

    May 15, 2017

    With an estimated 30 or fewer remaining individuals, the vaquita are the focus of WWF’s new report calling for immediate, collective action to save the species from extinction. Prepared for WWF by Dalberg, Vanishing vaquita: saving the world’s most endangered marine mammal comes just before the two-year ban is due to expire at the end of May. 

    Fin
  • Video reveals how narhwals use their tusks

    May 12, 2017

    New footage shows how narwhals use their tusks to hunt and stun fish before eating them.

    narwhal group
  • Broom grass transforms lives and hillsides in Nepal

    May 12, 2017

    In Nepal, broom grass is transforming steep, degraded slopes above the Trishuli and Seti rivers in the Aamdanda village. 

    Juni Maya Bhujel making brooms at her house.
  • Helping people and wildlife thrive together

    May 12, 2017

    Human-wildlife conflict is a major issue for many poor people who live near forests in rural areas of Nepal. That’s one of the reasons why WWF and other partners in conservation launched the Hariyo Ban (Green Forest) program to find lasting solutions that protect people’s lives, livestock and crops and prevent the retaliatory killing of wildlife. 

    Newly installed fence in the Karnali corridor
  • In Nepal, cook stoves improve lives and help the environment

    May 12, 2017

    WWF and partners have launched a program to reduce pressure on forests and improve the lives of women and marginalized people through projects such as providing improved cook stoves that burn firewood more efficiently.

    A woman cooking with a metallic improved cook stove.
  • The vaquita: 5 Facts about the most endangered marine mammal

    May 09, 2017

    Learn more about this little porpoise, and what you can do to help save the vaquita. 

    Fin
  • An Amur tiger returns to the wild

    May 03, 2017

    On April 29th, Filippa the Amur tigress was successfully released back into the wild. She was rescued and rehabilitated at the Rehabilitation Center in Alekseevka after being found in December of 2015, as an exhausted, starving, five-month-old tiger cub. 

    Filippa running after being released
  • Why I marched

    April 29, 2017

    “There's no Planet B!” This was a rallying cry chanted by WWF staff, activists and supporters who gathered today on the National Mall at the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC to fight for climate change mitigation. 

    PCM WWF contingent Grace Lee
  • 5 reasons why America's Arctic should remain off-limits to new drilling for oil and gas

    April 26, 2017

    Most of the Arctic’s federal waters are off limits to thanks to protections put in place in 2016. But the Trump administration and some in Congress want to allow fossil fuel companies to begin bidding for a chance to drill. 

    arctic sea ice broken up
  • Arbor Day, FSC and America’s wood basket

    April 25, 2017

    On Arbor Day, we celebrate the important role trees play. We are working to increase FSC-certified land in the southeastern US, an area known as the "wood basket." 

    A forest landscape
  • American companies surge ahead in the fight against climate change

    April 25, 2017

    While current efforts in Washington stand to undo climate change policies, nearly half America’s largest companies are emerging as leaders in setting clean energy targets that will reduce the amount of heat-trapping gases released into the atmosphere and help to curb climate change.

    wind turbine against blue sky
  • Climate-smart conservation along the Rio Grande

    April 24, 2017

    The Rio Grande-Rio Bravo is the lifeblood of the water scarce Chihuahuan desert region but climate change, coupled with rising populations and diversifying demands, threatens the river’s future and the future of those who rely on it. To increase the resiliency of the river and all who depend on it, WWF and local partners are restoring crucial ecosystems.

    A spring in the desert
  • WWF works with Walmart to cut carbon emissions and fight climate change

    WWF and Walmart are working together to cut carbon pollution and curb some of the worst impacts of climate change to protect people and wildlife at risk with Project Gigaton.

    WWF's Marty Spitzer and Walmart's Katherine Neebe discuss sustainability issues on a Walmart roof, with solar panels.
  • Why I March: WWF activists on the importance of fighting climate change

    April 19, 2017

    We reached out to some of our supporters and Panda Ambassadors who plan to participate in the People’s Climate March about why they think it’s important to tackle one of the biggest threats to our planet and become part of a new generation of American climate leadership.

    Climate march in nyc
  • World Heritage sites, strongholds for tiger and African elephant populations, endangered by illegal harvesting of species

    April 18, 2017

    A new report by WWF reveals that World Heritage sites are especially vulnerable to illegal harvesting of species listed by CITES, including tigers and African elephants.

    Sumatran tiger
  • Working together to save World Heritage Sites

    April 18, 2017

    On World Heritage Day, we’re highlighting some of the incredible sites that WWF is working to save. These sites belong to all of us, and together we can protect them for wildlife and people around the world.

    Green turtles in the ocean.
  • A whale's eye view of Antarctica

    April 14, 2017

    Whales are awe-inspiring and often elusive creatures. Their distribution and critical feeding areas are currently poorly understood, and as climate change and krill fishing increase, our time to learn more about these giant mammals is running out. However, with the help of Dr. Ari Friedlaender, a whale ecologist and National Geographic Explorer, WWF is using whale tagging to discover a wealth of new information.

    The fluke of a humpback whale diving to feed
  • Reducing China's environmental footprint

    In 2015, WWF and Apple kicked off a five-year project designed to help China reduce its environmental footprint by producing paper products from responsibly managed forests within its own borders.

    An aerial view of a eucalyptus forest in China
  • When you travel, bring back keepsakes, not mistakes

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    Buying souvenirs can help support the local tourism trade, which is an important source of income for many communities. But make informed choices.
    Souvenirs Magazine Summer 2017