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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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Protest on the beach near Ayrshire against the proposed Hunterston power station Here in the UK

How to defeat dirty-coal in five easy steps (or years)

“When Scotland’s world leading climate laws were passed it was rightly hailed as a great example for the world to follow. Plans for coal-fired power plants that do not capture all the emissions from day one, put that leadership in question. The eyes of the world are watching and hoping that Scotland will reject this

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Group photo of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Photo courtesy of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Illegal Wildlife trade

London Conference round up: Is the tide finally turning on illegal wildlife trade?

WWF-UK’s species conservation work is almost exclusively focused on protecting species abroad. This means I work from our base at the Living Planet Centre in Woking focused mostly on activities happening thousands of miles away. However, this week the global attention on one of our priority issues – the illegal wildlife trade – was focused

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River Cray, Kent © Fullstreak Holes Photography / Flickr

In times of austerity, do people still care about the environment?

This year we’re at all the party conferences. The theme is affordability and the question – in times of austerity, do people still care about the environment? What do you think about when you boil the kettle for a morning cuppa, or have a soak after a long day at work? It’s probably not the […]

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Polar bear, Svalbard © Gert Polet, WWF Netherlands climate change

Decreasing Arctic sea ice leaves polar bears at a crossroads

Arctic Sea ice is reported to have reached its 2014 minimum on 17 September, before the onset of the winter freeze. At 5.02 million km 2 (1.94 million km 2), it is the sixth lowest on satellite record, demonstrating the continued downward trend in Arctic sea ice. The last eight years have been the lowest […]

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Size of Wales

Helping communities protect globally important forests

Some of the most precious forests in coastal east Africa are under threat – and with the support of Size of Wales, we’ve been stepping up efforts to save them. The Mijikenda sacred forests or ‘Kayas’ of Kenya’s coast have immense cultural, religious and traditional value. People go to these forests to pray, appease ancestral […]

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WWF team at FSC General Assembly, Seville © Kerry Cesareo, WWF US FSC

FSC General Assembly 2014, Seville – future for forests for all

Last week, I attended my first Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly. Its an assembly of the companies, environmental organisations, civil society groups, and individuals that make up the membership of FSC, and as such share the responsibility of setting the direction for FSC. We tackled issues critical to supporting people, nature, and business, as the […]

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Scottish saltire

What does Scotland’s independence referendum mean for the environment?

If you can, imagine yourselves on the other side of the referendum. It’s easy to imagine that once such a big question has been asked on 18 September, Scotland’s future will be settled. No, it won’t, not quite. Once Scotland has decided its constitutional direction (the shape, the size, the way it operates, the way […]

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Young boys fishing, Ganges, India World Water Week

Building better partnerships

At almost every session of World Water Week, we hear about the need for new partnerships dedicated to creating a more water-secure world. This call to action is almost always followed by the same question: How do we build better partnerships? The answer lies not in the business world, but in a much more personal […]

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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon National Amazon Day

Honouring the home of the Amazon

Today it is National Amazon Day! This isn’t about buying more books or music online but about celebrating the world’s largest rainforest. At WWF-UK, I have the fortune of working to help preserve what is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. While sometimes the news from this part of the world can […]

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