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

Brazilian election drama to continue to a second round

Last weekend I was very eager to power up my computer to find out the result of the Brazilian elections which had taken place on Sunday.  It was no surprise to learn that the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff of the Brazilian Working Party (PT) had failed to secure enough votes to win outright and consequently the […]

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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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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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