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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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Heatmap of a city climate change

Why our homes shouldn’t cost the earth

One in every four pounds spent on heating is wasted by inefficient homes. We could cut the waste and our carbon emissions by fitting insulation. So why isn’t the Government doing more to encourage this simple way to tackle climate change? Energy is a precious resource. We go to extreme lengths to get the gas

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Electric power cord recharging an electric automobile. electric vehicles

Charge up your electric car knowledge: Your questions about the ban on petrol-diesel cars answered

The UK government’s announcement to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 sparked a lot of questions. So we’ve set out to explain why electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the environment, how they work, and how more of them on the road might affect you. What difference would replacing all cars with electric cars

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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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River Itchen chalk stream in Hampshire, UK freshwater

Reflections from the Alliance for Water Stewardship Forum 2017

The Alliance for Water Stewardship forum in Edinburgh has just finished. It’s only in its second year but feels like a meeting that’s gathering momentum and it would be great to see it continue. There were many interesting sessions and discussions, including the launch of a new WWF report looking at how well agricultural sustainability […]

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Pledging to save the Cerrado, one of the most bio-diverse places on earth

Have you heard of the Cerrado? It’s not nearly as recognised as its neighbour the Amazon but is just as important. The Brazilian Cerrado is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Covering more than 2 million square kilometres it is a diverse and beautiful ecosystem with a huge amount of biodiversity but over […]

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forests

Our imports should support sustainable development, not environmental destruction

Today we are publishing Risky Business, a new report that examines the UK’s imports of seven everyday commodities: beef and leather, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber, soy, and timber. The report sets out how much of these commodities we imported into the UK every year between 2011 and 2015, and the size of […]

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Clean Growth Strategy front page climate change

Clean Growth Strategy: the devil’s in the lack of detail

I’ve been head of climate and energy at WWF-UK since late November 2016. We talked about the Government’s ‘emissions reduction plan’ in my interview for the job; it was late, even then.  It was, at that time, expected before Christmas.  Then ‘early in the new year’, then ‘in the first quarter’ – which could have […]

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electric vehicles

How do I charge my electric car with renewable energy?

It’s a deceptively simple question with a few interesting answers. Let’s take a look at the options for charging an electric car with renewable energy, ranging from getting your own solar panels to timing your charge for the greenest power. Why go for an electric car? First of all, let’s talk about why you might […]

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forests

Making a difference: How Alpro is helping us conserve forests in East Africa

East Africa is globally renowned for its ‘Big 5’ species, found across the landscape in national parks such as the Selous, Serengeti and Mara in Kenya and Tanzania. These vast stretches of land that elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo call home, like the miombo woodlands, savanna grasslands and coastal forests, often go unnoticed, yet […]

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Five reasons why your business will be tackling water issues by 2020

People, economies and nature – they all depend on water. But by 2025, UNESCO predicts that water demands for two-thirds of the world’s population will exceed the available supply. In a world of increasingly severe water scarcity and pollution, it’s essential we improve how we manage freshwater resources right now. Businesses of every kind and […]

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Traditional boat, Ganges river, Kahalgoan, Bihar, India, 2001 © naturepl.com / Neil Lucas / WWF

What links the iconic River Ganges to the shoes on your feet?

If the shoes on your feet, the bridle on your horse or the wallet in your pocket comes from India, there’s a good chance it was produced in a tannery along the Ganges River. The problem is that these tannery clusters are causing an issue; they’re polluting the Ganges with heavy metals, process chemicals and […]

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Driving along a country lane overgrown with Beech trees climate change

I spy… greener roads

Last weekend was the summer bank holiday, which saw us heading off in our droves to visit friends and relatives or enjoy our beautiful beaches and countryside. One thing’s for sure: in amongst the persistent cries of “are we there yet?” (no!) and “I need the loo” (you should’ve gone before we left!), thousands of […]

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