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Effects of Climate Change Stories

  • How Does Climate Change Affect Coral Reefs?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Working to nurture more resilient reefs in Belize
    a marine biologist takes photographs of transplanted staghorn
  • Animals Affected by Climate Change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    Exploring how climate change could impact species around the world
    Cheetah and cub
  • Deforestation in Peru

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    How indigenous communities, government agencies, nonprofits and businesses work together to stop the clearing of forests
    Rain drenched village in Peru
  • Sea Turtles and Climate Change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A new study shows how hawksbills are escaping the hottest waters of the Persian Gulf
    Hawksbill sea turtle looking at the camera
  • Polar Bear Habitat Loss is Pushing Them over the Edge

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A new plan for resilience in a warming Arctic
    polar bear
  • US Moves to Reduce Climate Change Threat to Polar Bears

    July 02, 2015

    The US government announced its draft plan to conserve polar bears, calling for timely and decisive reduction of greenhouse gas emission levels to curb climate change. Immediate action to reduce the long-term impact of climate change is essential.

    polar bear walks toward camera
  • An 'Urgent Appeal' for Collective Action on Climate Change

    June 18, 2015

    Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change was delivered today to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. But religious groups and the broader climate community are celebrating this watershed statement as a call to action that transcends traditional boundaries.

    Pope Francis
  • WWF's Nicky Sundt on Smoke Jumping and Climate Change

    June 09, 2015

    Nicky Sundt fought wildfires in the Western United States and Alaska from 1976 to 1990. Today, he works at the intersection of climate science and policy at WWF, where he is seeking to slow climate change and limit its adverse consequences for people and species.

    smoke jumper fighting fire
  • The Earth Has a Third Pole—And Millions of People Use Its Water

    June 04, 2015

    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.

    lake and mountains in asia
  • Record Low for Winter Sea Ice in the Arctic

    March 19, 2015

    Following the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its lowest maximum winter extent recorded. This record measurement is a sign of thin, slow-growing ice.

    arctic sea ice broken up
  • Evanston, IL, Named 2015 US Earth Hour Capital

    March 16, 2015

    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.

    evanston skyline
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  • A Letter From Lima

    December 01, 2014

    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

    Chopicalqui mountain
  • Polar bear population decline a wake up call for climate change 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.

    polar bear Beaufort Sea
  • US and China Take Major Step to Combat Climate Change

    November 12, 2014

    The commitments do represent important leadership, but there is still much work to be done to protect our species and the species we share this planet with from the worst effects of climate change.

    People's Climate Rally New York City
  • Better Choices at the Great Barrier Reef

    October 27, 2014

    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.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Through the Looking Glass

    October 21, 2014

    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.

    polar bear on ice
  • Fighting climate change in the streets

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    The People's Climate March gave the planet a voice
    climate march
  • Impacts of Climate Change, Resource Scarcity and Foreign Policy

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Two foreign policy experts discuss the connections
    Adapting to Climate Change
  • The People's Climate March Grabs the World's Attention

    September 22, 2014

    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.

    People's Climate Rally New York City
  • Walruses Crowd Shore as Arctic Sea Ice Nears Minimum

    September 18, 2014

    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.

    walrus haulout
  • Wildlife and Climate Change

    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.

    gorilla closeup
  • This Revolution is Not Being Televised

    September 10, 2014

    By buying a piece of the 21st Century clean energy economy, mayors, moms and major corporations are prompting a long over-due conversation about the future of our nation’s electricity system.

    man adding solar
  • Infographic: The Solar Revolution

    Our energy choices make a difference. Not just in our homes but for polar bears, snow leopards and every species. Fortunately, solar provides a clean and abundant source of energy. All over the US, people are saving money and the planet by going solar. Learn how with this infographic.

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