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Happiness

It starts early: with that very first miraculous smile. When my son was born 10 months ago now, I began to wonder when that first of many smiles will appear across his face. First it was unconscious… however, very soon that conscious smile conveyed so much: trust, security, learning and – perhaps most importantly –

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Tigers untrapped: 11 images from Toshiji Fukuda

Toshiji Fukuda has been photographing the natural wonders in the far east of Russia for nearly 25 years. His dedication has resulted in countless amazing images – including a true rarity: a beautiful photo of a wild Amur tiger taken without a camera trap. This won him the Gerald Durrell Award for photographing endangered species

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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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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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Happiness

It starts early: with that very first miraculous smile. When my son was born 10 months ago now, I began to wonder when that first of many smiles will appear across his face. First it was unconscious… however, very soon that conscious smile conveyed so much: trust, security, learning and – perhaps most importantly – […]

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Reporting on the Environmental Systemic Risk Roundtable

On 20 June 2014, WWF, RSA and PwC brought together participants from insurers, environmental analysts and campaigners to discuss environmental systemic risk (ESR).  Here are my thoughts on how it went. I was both excited and nervous going into the roundtable to launch the report on ESR. Would we get good representation at the meeting? […]

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Catching up with the Enesikiria pride in the Mara

Last week I was privileged enough to spend an evening with some members of the our adoption lions. The lions in question – Enesikiria pride – live in the Naboisho conservancy on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. What became clear pretty quickly is that this pride are local celebrities. Conservancy staff and visitors […]

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Tiger by river

There’s a big cat inside every small cat

It’s just over a year since Alison Clark, Global VP of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare, journeyed to see WWF’s work in the tiger lands of Nepal to mark the launch of our exciting new fundraising partnership with Whiskas. Since then, Whiskas UK and their customers have contributed more than £500,000 for our global initiative […]

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Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia

A voice from the wilderness

Conservation is about power. More precisely it is about the governance of land and how different interests get a say on that governance. Important questions for any conservation initiative therefore relate to who exerts power, how they do it and, critically, if important voices are missing how they be brought to the table? Power, of […]

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Jin Kai during training © Wayne Wu/TRAFFIC Illegal Wildlife trade

The great dog detectives

At the arrivals hall of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, passengers are bustling as usual. Jin Kai is carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ luggage. Although Jin Kai isn’t the typical airport security officer you’d expect… she’s a Labrador. Jin Kai is one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run […]

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Medal winners. Copyright: London2012IOC Commonwealth Games

From London to Glasgow: making the sustainability link

The 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is over half way through now and the excitement keeps rising. Athletes, from countries formerly part of the British Empire, have performed extraordinarily well in various disciplines. But how will this games perform against that of London 2012 in terms of it’s sustainability? Only a few […]

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