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So Team Panda have been at it again…this time at The Royal Parks Half Marathon in London! On Sunday 12 October 16,000 people took part in the capital’s prettiest half marathon. Our fabulous team of 17 runners had been busy preparing not only getting the miles under their belt, but getting creative with their fundraising.

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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? 1) CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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Freshwater Dam, Ceres, Western Cape © WWF-UK World Water Week

Water stewardship in agriculture takes centre stage

This week in Stockholm, water’s ‘great and the good’ are meeting to discuss its many challenges. As usual, policy makers, NGO’s and progressive businesses are here but excitingly, this year, farmers are getting a larger share of the debate – a critical development given 70% of all water use is in agriculture. One of the

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Royal Parks runner Carlos De Oliveira © Carlos De Oliveira Events

A right Royal run for the money

So Team Panda have been at it again…this time at The Royal Parks Half Marathon in London! On Sunday 12 October 16,000 people took part in the capital’s prettiest half marathon. Our fabulous team of 17 runners had been busy preparing not only getting the miles under their belt, but getting creative with their fundraising. […]

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Size of Wales

A date with destiny: What happened when WWF brought a remote forest community face to face with a top Kenyan official

“Protect our forest so that our today, tomorrow and future is assured” says an elder, looking straight into Mr. Mbugua’s eyes. I’m in an office in Nairobi with representatives of the Aweer community, an indigenous tribe living in the coastal forests of Lamu County. WWF has arranged for the group to come to the capital […]

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Baby turtle on a beach, Malaysia © WWF-Malaysia Malaysia

Turtle Guardians are the real heroes

I’m on a six month secondment to WWF-Malaysia, and was lucky enough to get the chance to do night patrol on the turtle beaches of Melaka. Here, WWF employs ‘Turtle Guardians’ to conduct research on Hawksbill and Green turtles and collect and incubate their eggs to thwart poachers. Four of the world’s seven species of […]

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Brazil nut collecting © Michael Gunther / WWF-UK Blink and it's gone

A healthy rainforest… in a nutshell

A chocolate-coloured, toe-shaped nut. The Brazil nut. One of the finest. Full of protein, calcium, iron, selenium; one creamy crunch and you’re reaching for another. But stop there… …it’s time to travel with that Brazil nut, to see life as it sees it. Surf over the sea to the Southern Hemisphere and nose-dive into the […]

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Seized-Shipment-of-Illegal-ivory. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Events

The good kind of hacking – becoming a TradeMapperHacker

Hack days and hackathons seem to be all the rage, particularly in London. It’s great to see a growing number of them dedicated to using technology to help in conservation of the natural world too. Just this week I’ve come across ZSL’s ‘Hack the Redlist’ event, and the London Climate Change Coders group, organised by […]

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Rainforest Alliance certification © Rainforest Alliance Blink and it's gone

Follow the Frog with the Rainforest Alliance

We all wake up each morning with the intention to be better, do better, and live better. But how? Well, to start with you can follow the little green frog… The Rainforest Alliance’s green frog seal can be found on an array of agriculture and forestry goods, including tea, coffee, chocolate and paper –  all […]

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Swan on the river Itchen, UK. Copyright: Greg Armfield / WWF-UK

Will you help to Save Our Waters?

Every six years, the Environment Agency publish River Basin Management Plans (catchy title, I know!) Despite their less than exciting name, these plans are really important. In a nutshell, they will determine how our waters, which include rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches and wetlands, are managed over the next six years. You may be thinking – […]

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