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“Read all about it!” the UK government is still against oil exploration in Virunga World Heritage Site… Not exactly new news, but it seems it is to the oil company SOCO International PLC (Soco). Given that the UK government stated its opposition in September 2012, it was a surprise to read Soco arguing the UK

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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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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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Don’t let Scotland's emissions reduction plans go up in smoke

It’s a technology that might be able to safely remove and store harmful carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired power stations. According to some studies it could create 13,000 new jobs in Scotland by 2020. However, some five years after the UK government first launched its £1 billion funding competition, aimed at helping kick-start the

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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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Forest communities celebrate as they switch on to solar energy

It was all smiles, cheers and celebration when Fatuma lit the first ever solar lantern in the village, lighting the whole one roomed house. The night had literally turned into daytime. This is the village of Fihoni, bordering the Gogoni forest. It’s one of the communities now benefitting from a shift to sustainable energy thanks […]

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Handlining, Celtic Sea © Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK

Forever Fish supporting Sustainable Seas

Over the last three years, the M&S Forever Fish campaign has supported WWF’s work to address sustainable marine management in the Celtic Seas as well as marine conservation work across the globe. Through a 90-second film narrated by one of our ambassadors, actress Miranda Richardson, we’re celebrating what’s been achieved and thanking the UK public […]

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Living Planet Centre © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK

What a difference a year makes

A year ago today we were preparing for a pretty big day – the official opening of our new home the Living Planet Centre in Woking. We had moved in just three weeks earlier and were all adapting to our new surroundings, both the building and navigating our way around Woking itself (not to mention […]

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What I hope Wales will look like when my children have grown up

Snuggling up with my children to read their bedtime story is a precious moment for me. It’s a magical time watching them drift off to sleep. But imagine if that bedtime story took them to a future where people and wildlife thrive. That future is one where a small country like Wales made a very […]

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David Tanner and BMU Executive members, Temeke district, Tanzania. Copright: Keith Hempshall / WWF-UK

Building on success: fisheries management in southern Tanzania

Whether it’s to provide fish for dinner, beaches to relax on, waves to surf and sail, the oceans and their vast array of riches are important to us all. Millions of jobs in fishing, aquaculture, recreation, tourism, shipping and offshore energy are supported, while mangrove forests and coral reefs protect our shores from storms. There […]

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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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