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Durdle Door. Beaches are among the natural settings with most well-being benefit © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

On the nature of happiness: mental health and the environment

Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Just plain mental fatigue. These are some of the causes of mental ill health that are increasingly common in our society. Spending more time in nature can help us with these. In fact, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK and rates are on the increase. There […]

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Can we see the light at the end of the forest? © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

Mock exam on zero deforestation: how did we do?

Today, a significant progress report on forest conservation across the world will be launched. Pre-released last week, the collaborative assessment led by Climate Focus in partnership with other organizations assesses progress towards the international goals in the 2015 New York Declaration on Forests. It shows a mixed scorecard and highlights deficiencies in data. The new progress […]

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Orang utan high in tree of rainforest canopy, (Pongo abelii) Leuser NP, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

New estimates of tree and forest cover: should we be cheerful or glum?

Three reports. One counts trees. Another counts hectares of tree cover. The third counts hectares of forest cover. All three reached the headlines in the last week but with different figures. What should we make of them? The first report is by Tom Crowther et al (formerly Yale University) and is the first comprehensive estimate […]

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Autumn woodland in Banchory, Scotland. Copyright Will Ashley-Cantello / WWF-UK

The global forest debate just changed… radically

The global forest debate might have just changed radically. Did you notice? Earlier this month, the final draft of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated declaration were agreed – although formal sign off will wait for heads of state and government in September. After the years of wrangling over concepts and words, […]

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Forests and climate change: what happened at Lima?

Two days later than expected, the twentieth annual UN climate change conference drew to a close in Lima last weekend. Emissions from forest loss and degradation are second only in size to the burning of fossil fuels. So what progress was made on forests and REDD+ in Lima? Firstly, let’s look at the negotiations Well… […]

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