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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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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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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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Matured cotton bolls await harvest. © Asim Hafeez/WWF-UK gallery

What cotton is your T-shirt made of?

We’ve talked about knitting pandas on this blog, but now it’s time to turn our attention to cotton. I think I can be reasonably confident to assume that we all own something that’s made of cotton – perhaps you’re wearing a cotton T-shirt right now. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and in fact cotton is one

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Jaguar in the Pantanal © Anthony B.Rath_WWF Pantanal Day

Raise a glass (of water) to the Pantanal

Happy Pantanal Day! I think it’s fitting that such an amazing place has its own special day; a wetland the size of Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Portugal combined – the world’s largest – definitely deserves to be celebrated! This huge floodplain is home to an incredible array of species with over 5000 recorded to date.  […]

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Lumps of coal © Alexander G weak_hope

Don’t assume it’s curtains for electricity from coal

Burning coal is the biggest threat to tackling climate change. Our old coal power stations, relics from the 1960s and 70s, have served us well but their time is up. The next Government must take action to ensure they close by 2025 at the latest. Here’s a startling statistic for you. Keeping just one coal […]

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Forth Bridge lights before Earth Hour

24 TVs and a hotel breakfast

We mustn’t waste energy argues WWF Ambassador, Alistair McGowan Rather than using the self-pitying, neo-Dickensian phrase that we may not be able to ‘keep the lights on this winter’, we should use any concerns about the security of our electricity supply to make us look at how much energy we currently waste. Think of the […]

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Handlining, Celtic Sea © Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK

Forever Fish supporting Sustainable Seas

Over the last three years, the M&S Forever Fish campaign has supported WWF’s work to address sustainable marine management in the Celtic Seas as well as marine conservation work across the globe. Through a 90-second film narrated by one of our ambassadors, actress Miranda Richardson, we’re celebrating what’s been achieved and thanking the UK public […]

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Living Planet Centre © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK

What a difference a year makes

A year ago today we were preparing for a pretty big day – the official opening of our new home the Living Planet Centre in Woking. We had moved in just three weeks earlier and were all adapting to our new surroundings, both the building and navigating our way around Woking itself (not to mention […]

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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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Comedian Alistair McGowan © Sky Blink and it's gone

Standing up for the Amazon

It’s a shocking fact that 20% of the Amazon has already been lost. Deforestation remains a major concern and threatens the future of the Amazon. Even though it is the largest rainforest in the world, 60% of it is unprotected, leaving it vulnerable. It’s estimated that by 2030, a quarter of the Amazon could be […]

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