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200 days to Paris climate negotiations

There are 200 days before the UN climate negotiations start in Paris. These talks will set out the path that countries will take towards decarbonising their economies and avoiding the worst effects of climate change. If all goes well, by Christmas, we will have a clear internationally agreed plan on how each country will reduce […]

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Coastal forests support a huge diversity of wildlife Copyright: Cath Lawson Size of Wales

County governments: key to ensuring sustainable development paths

When Kenya adopted its new constitution in 2010, much of the responsibility for managing natural resources moved from the centralised national government to newly established county governments, through a process called devolution. Across the country, the passing of the new constitution resulted in the formation of 47 county governments and it is intended that devolvement […]

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Ivory-Inferno-Gabon. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Are we winning the battle?

I remember as a young child thinking how appalling it was that people would buy and sell wildlife into extinction. It seemed so senseless and unnecessary. I thought when I grew up I had to do something about it. It’s illegal and wrong, I reasoned, so it couldn’t be that complicated to fix could it? […]

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Houses of Parliament © Paul Brocklehurst / Flickr.com Politics

Politicians: What will you do for the environment?

So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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Supporting WWF’s Earth Hour in Antarctica under the Southern Lights ©Tom Welsh, British Antarctic Survey Earth Hour

The Light at the Ends of the Earth

For me, Earth Hour is one of the most inspirational events of the year. It’s the world’s largest mass participation event for the environment, bringing together millions of people, businesses and governments to share a common cause and a common sense of purpose – the need to tackle dangerous global climate change. Last year, people […]

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London cityscape - old and new © Getty Images Greening the machine

Why Whitehall must change to meet tomorrow’s environmental challenges

Ever wondered how big policy decisions are made in government?  Decisions like infrastructure investments, healthcare delivery, house building – and dare I say it,  how best to protect the environment. It basically works like this: the policies of a new government are set out in the party manifesto or coalition agreement. Civil servants translate this […]

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Doing it for your planet – why the Welsh Government is supporting Earth Hour

2015 is a crucial year for mobilising international action on climate change and sustainable development. That’s why I am very pleased the Welsh Government will be supporting WWF’s Earth Hour on March 28th, turning out the lights at many of our buildings and Cadw monuments across Wales to show our support for our planet. I’m […]

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