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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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© Shutterstock / Leung Cho Pan / WWF

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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The People's Climate March, NYC, USA © WWF Intl. / Greg Marinovich / The Stand climate change

How the US and the world are already defying Trump on Paris

So, despite the efforts of world leaders, despite the case made by his own Secretary of State (a former fossil fuel company boss), his Defence Secretary and, we understand, his own daughter, and despite pleas from US businesses, Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement. The fightback, however, is already on… Stepping […]

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Westminster at dawn © Gareth Redmond-King climate change

Rebut the nonsense, seize the opportunities

Well it’s been a pretty significant few weeks. Nine months after the vote on EU membership, the war of words is over and the formal exit proceedings have started. It’s quite the moment for reflection, when you realise just how many of us were born into Britain the European Union member state – or were […]

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Livestock on the banks of Lake Kenyatta, Lamu, Kenya © John Bett / WWF-Kenya Earth Hour

Efforts to halt the demise of Lake Kenyatta

Lake Kenyatta is one of the largest freshwater bodies in Lamu County, on the north Kenyan coast. It supplies water to an estimated 60,000 people as well as being a critical water source for wildlife and livestock. But the lake is under threat, and those threats are growing. When visiting Lake Kenyatta you can’t miss […]

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Elephant ivory bracelets seized by Border Force, Heathrow Airport © WWF-UK / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Is the UK tough enough on criminals that illegally trade wildlife?

Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so.  It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers.  It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania. So what is the UK doing […]

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