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CLIMATE CROWD NEWSLETTER - September 2019

Climate Crowd is a crowdsourcing initiative that convenes and supports a network of partners to gather data on how climate change is impacting people and nature, and supports on-the-ground projects that help rural communities adapt while reducing pressure on biodiversity.

In the news..

A recent article by Mongabay summarizes several studies looking at how wildlife is adapting to a changing climate. The research shows that American pikas change their foraging behavior, orangutans adjust their birthing cycles, and penguins migrate to more suitable habitat. Read on to learn how WWF is helping species adapt.

Traditional ecological knowledge and climate change

In addition to conventional research methods, traditional ecological knowledge can teach us a lot about how ecosystems are changing at the local level. In Climate Crowd interviews conducted in Zimbabwe, local people have observed changes in trees, particularly fruiting behavior. One respondent noted impacts to rainfall-indicating tree species such as the fig sycamore, known locally as 'Umkhiwa.' Similar changes in fruiting behavior have been seen elsewhere, including parts of Brazil and Gabon.

 



“We observed more jaguar attacks and we think it is because [of] the lack of prey in the forests nearby. The common prey animals are decreasing due to the lack of water and consequently fruits and seeds."
                     
~Female farmer, Brazil

"Long dry seasons have affected many fruit trees in the bush. This may be one of the reasons that [the number of] elephants grow in our plantations.”                                                   ~Female farmer, Gabon

New WAIF video
Climate change is causing record flooding in many parts of the world. Without adequate refuge, rising waters can put wildlife like the one-horned rhino in danger. Watch the above video to learn what we're doing to help, and explore other projects funded through the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund.
Banner photo: © Nikhil Advani / WWF-US; Sumatran Orangutan female 'Suma' reunited with male baby 'Forester' © naturepl.com  / Anup Shah / WWF; Jaguar in the Pantanal © Harm Vriend / WWF
 
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