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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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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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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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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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River Quin, Hertfordshire. © Charles Rangeley-Wilson / WWF Over-abstraction in England

Where have England’s rivers gone?

Rivers  in England are running dry and wildlife is suffering, but no one has come close to mentioning a drought. What’s going on? Is this a footpath meandering under an old bridge?  I’m afraid not. It’s actually a river – the River Quin in Hertfordshire in spring this year. And plenty of other rivers have […]

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Electric vehicle charging © Gareth Redmond-King, 2017 climate

Electric vehicles – which country is leading the charge?

Barely two months into his presidency, French president Emmanuel Macron continues to throw down the gauntlet on tackling climate change. Having banned new oil and gas exploration, his government has now set 2050 as the year by which France will be carbon neutral.  This is genuine ambition, announced as 19 world leaders lined up against […]

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G20’s financial task force recommendations could be the catalyst to a low-carbon future

Today sees the publication of a milestone set of recommendations from the highly influential Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the philanthropist and former Mayor of New York, and created by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), it sets […]

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Westminster General Election

After the UK General Election, what does the next government need to do for the environment?

So, an election campaign that most had expected to deliver an increased Conservative majority ends in a hung parliament, and a Conservative government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party. Those in the business of predicting poll results might be better reading tea leaves for inspiration, but amid the shock, what does this all mean for […]

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