Climate Change

Climate change is arguably the most significant conservation challenge we face today. Global warming threatens the integrity of marine and terrestrial habitats and interrupts natural cycles such as migration and hibernation. WCS works across the globe to combat the effects of climate change on wildlife and wild places. Our wide-reaching studies of this worldwide phenomenon inform decisions by the scientific community and policymakers, as well as local organizations. Our conservationists work on the ground with communities that depend on natural resources to help them find mutually-beneficial solutions to relieve the stress on fragile ecosystems. We also work closely with governments and corporations to reduce and offset carbon emissions. Protecting the world’s remaining forests from destruction is an important tool for stemming the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

School of Fish

Coral Reefs Feel the Heat

Climate change affects life in every biome, from the apex of the Arctic food chain to the tropical sea floor. The tiny creatures that are the building blocks of coral reefs are particularly vulnerable to rising ocean temperatures.


Makira REDD+ Project

In collaboration with the government of Madagascar, WCS’s Makira REDD+ Project will help finance the long-term conservation of one of Madagascar’s most pristine remaining rainforests, home to rare and threatened biodiversity. It will also help enhance the economic wellbeing of neighboring communities.

From the Newsroom

Wolverines Need Refrigeration Zone to ReproduceJuly 11, 2012

Wolverines have always flocked to frozen terrain. In a new study, WCS biologists further explore the significance of cold temperatures and snow for these mountain-dwelling animals. 

In the Arctic, Fewer Icebergs, More ShipsMarch 16, 2012

Marine mammals contend with new industrial developments in the Arctic as local waters become increasingly ice-free during the summer and fall.

Savoring Bogs and Moose as the Adirondacks WarmDecember 2, 2011

WCS Ecologist Jerry Jenkins, who has spent more than four decades studying the environment of the Adirondacks, documents the impacts of climate change on the region’s wildlife, habitats, and communities.

Spare the Fish, Save the ReefsJune 18, 2009

A new study says that banning certain types of fishing gear can help save coral reefs from the damaging effects of climate change, by protecting key fish populations that help stressed reefs recover.

A Coral ComebackDecember 29, 2008

A combination of improved management and natural regeneration is helping corals stage a rapid comeback in Indonesia following the December 2004 tsunami.


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