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On 8 February, WWF, Bond and UKSSD hosted an event “Implementing the SDGs: Lessons from around the world”. Chaired by Jon Snow and opened by Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State at DFID, the event shared lessons on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Finland, Colombia, Germany and Uganda. In his opening remarks, Rory

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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? Chocolate Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it can

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Import of furniture to the UK is a multi-billion pound business, so you’d think UK furniture retailers would have the good business sense to ensure the timber for their products is sustainably produced, wouldn’t you?  Are you sitting comfortably? I’ll introduce you to a story about this trade. In 2015, our first Timber Scorecard looked at whether UK businesses across different sectors were 

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Giant panda in tree, Wolong Nature Reserve, China © Bernard De Wetter/WWF

15 highlights from 2015 for WWF

Look back over this past year and explore some standout stories from 2015. They really demonstrate how varied our global projects are! Whether it’s Arctic exploring with JacksGap, eco-fashion tips for ‘Wear It Wild’ or a GoPro strapped to a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef, you’re bound to discover something exciting as we look back at 2015. 1. Rod Downie

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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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A thermal image of a house © Isaac Lane Koval 2009 climate change

Five years on: what progress is Scotland making on climate change?

Recently I attended an event at the Scottish Parliament where the UK Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) presented their most recent progress report of delivery under the Scottish Climate Change Act. Five years ago I would have been in the same building – and possibly the same room – my memory fails me, urging our

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Wind turbine at a wind farm, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

Fourth Carbon Budget Review

Today, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publishes a report on the Fourth Carbon Budget. The report will kick of a review of the Budget which is expected to see political infighting within the coalition government. Background: Under the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK is legally committed to reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases

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Rory Stewart, Minister of State at DFID, opens the event © Farooq Ullah

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: lessons from around the world






On 8 February, WWF, Bond and UKSSD hosted an event “Implementing the SDGs: Lessons from around the world”. Chaired by Jon Snow and opened by Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State at DFID, the event shared lessons on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Finland, Colombia, Germany and Uganda. In his opening remarks, Rory […]

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WWF's water stewardship steps

Water: A Risky Business






Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes its Global Risks Report ahead of its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. For the third year running, the water crisis was in the top three global risks in terms of impact. The report noted that the interconnected nature of the water crisis and environmental risks highlights the need […]

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An aerial view of the Pantanal Donana

Why worry about wetlands?






Today is World Wetlands Day, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in 1971. More importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the amazing diversity and value of wetlands around the globe. As the name suggests, wetlands are water-rich areas that are flooded either permanently or seasonally. The […]

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Elephant ivory bracelets seized by Border Force, Heathrow Airport © WWF-UK / James Morgan africa

Is the UK tough enough on criminals that illegally trade wildlife?






Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so.  It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers.  It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania. So what is the UK doing […]

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WWF's Living Planet Report found that we risk a 67% decline in global populations of vertebrate species by 2020 if we don't act now. © Martin Harvey / WWF living planet report

Government and business must work together to stop environmental decline






The Living Planet Report, which was published recently by the global conservation organisation WWF, highlighted the alarming rate at which species all over the world are declining. Iconic animals like African elephants, polar bears, and mountain gorillas are all at risk. So are ones that we may be more familiar with like salmon, butterflies, and […]

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WWF's Living Planet Report found that we risk a 67% decline in global populations of vertebrate species by 2020 if we don't act now. © Martin Harvey / WWF living planet report

Rhaid i’r Llywodraeth a busnesau gydweithio i atal dirywiad amgylcheddol






Tynnodd yr Adroddiad Planed Fyw, a gyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar gan y sefydliad cadwraethol byd-eang WWF, sylw at y ffordd frawychus mae rhywogaethau ledled y byd yn prinhau. Mae anifeiliaid eiconig fel eliffantod Affrica, eirth gwyn a gorilaod mynydd i gyd mewn perygl. Felly hefyd rhai rydyn ni’n fwy cyfarwydd â nhw, fel eogiaid, ieir bach […]

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