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The election of the first Conservative majority administration for a generation opened a new chapter for UK environmental policy. Would David Cameron, who once asked Britain to ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’, provide strong leadership on green issues, or would his Government retreat to a depressing grey zone, with green priorities consigned to the distant margins?

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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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Thousands joined WWF-UK on Wednesday 17 June in Westminster to speak up for the love of climate action © WWF-UK gallery

Climate change: Speak up for what you love

On Wednesday 17 June, nine thousand people came together in Westminster, and spoke with over 300 MPs asking them to take action on climate change. It was pretty amazing: it is not every day that you see nuns, rowers, scuba divers, MPs, anglers bee keepers and a lot of people who are really passionate about climate

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Graph showing climate impact on returns by sector © WWF-UK

Investing in a time of climate change

Opportunity. It’s a word that inspires. Rarely does one read about climate change though in this context. While we need to fully understand and appreciate the massive risks posed by climate change, this report also addresses the important opportunities afforded to forward-thinking investors. More than 10 years ago, we decided to decarbonise our WWF-UK investment

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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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Can David Cameron’s government offer hope for the environment?

The election of the first Conservative majority administration for a generation opened a new chapter for UK environmental policy. Would David Cameron, who once asked Britain to ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’, provide strong leadership on green issues, or would his Government retreat to a depressing grey zone, with green priorities consigned to the distant margins? […]

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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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The Walney Offshore Windfarm project, located 15km off Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, UK, and owned and constructed by Dong Energy. When finished it will have 102 3.6 MW turbines, giving a total capacity of 367.2 MW, enough to power 320,000 homes © Global Warming Images / WWF / Ashley Cooper

Energy policy is not a poker game

On Friday, Amber Rudd MP, gave her first major speech as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change during a meeting hosted by Aviva. I am always encouraged when I hear a minister speaking with conviction about the need for international action on climate change- this Rudd clearly has in spades. She is not […]

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Cute creatures, chalk streams and Coca-Cola

This week we’re really excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Coca-Cola in Great Britain. Over the next 3 years we’ll be scaling up our work to secure a brighter future for English rivers and our precious chalk streams. We started working together back in 2012 and have already achieved some impressive results that I […]

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Rusty oil drums © Staffan Widstrand / WWF

The strength of fossil fuel divestment: let’s set things straight

Since its launch three years ago, the divestment movement has surpassed the $50 billion mark, with over 800 global investors committing to divest their holdings in fossil fuels over the next five years. Signatories encompass a broad diversity of sectors and regions, from cities and universities to health care organisations and large institutional investors. Last […]

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A thermal image of a house © National Geographic Stock/Tyrone Turner/WWF

Our Common Future under Climate Change

Most impressive things at the recent climate science conference in Paris was the breadth of scientific knowledge covered.  I met biologists, physicists, climatologists, economists, oceanographers, psychologists and more.  In all, around 2,000 scientists from 100 countries were discussing the latest research on every aspect climate change.  I have picked just a few of the talks I attended: […]

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Thousands joined WWF-UK on Wednesday 17 June in Westminster to speak up for the love of climate action © WWF-UK gallery

Climate change: Speak up for what you love

On Wednesday 17 June, nine thousand people came together in Westminster, and spoke with over 300 MPs asking them to take action on climate change. It was pretty amazing: it is not every day that you see nuns, rowers, scuba divers, MPs, anglers bee keepers and a lot of people who are really passionate about climate […]

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For the love of Wales – let’s speak up about climate change

From the wildlife in the seas around Wales to threatened species around the world, climate change is the single biggest threat to the things we love.  From farmers to divers, we’re all affected. Of course it’s a huge problem. But here’s the thing. There is still time to turn things around – if we act now. […]

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