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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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Penguin under the snow © Timothee Poupart CNRS

Tracking penguins in the ‘Land of the Adélies’

WWF is supporting polar scientists working with the French Antarctic Programme (IPEV/CNRS) who are monitoring Adélie penguins at Dumont D’Urville Station in Terre Adélie, East Antarctica. I blogged about this vital work in the ‘Land of the Adélies’ previously. The aim is to identify ‘biological hotspots’ in the Southern Ocean which are important feeding grounds […]

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The steps needed to deliver a low-carbon country

The Scottish Budget offers a clear and tangible test of how the Scottish Government plans to secure the benefits of a low carbon economy. We can ask, does the budget match the Governments climate action plan, does it commit to a low carbon economy and does it attempt to mitigate the impact of changes to […]

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Celebrating at the Senedd: Your photo-wishes for a brighter future for Wales

Most of us wish for something. This time of year most are centred around losing weight or getting healthier. But if you’re like me, self-obsessed wishes tend to frizzle out by end of the month. That’s why WWF Cymru’s ‘Welsh Wish-Dymuniad Cymru’ is different. It’s about bringing a community of diverse people together who share […]

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Working for a fossil fuel free future

When I think of the many inventions that make our lives today easier and safer, things we take for granted like the telephone, television, steam engine and penicillin, they all have one thing in common. They were all the brainchild of Scots. Just as Scots confronted the challenges to help society develop better forms of […]

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Open letter to the Scottish Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change

Dear members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change, Having recently attended the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru, I wanted to write to you as you prepare for your first meeting of 2015. While the end result of the talks was disappointing, with a huge amount of unfinished business, there was also a clear […]

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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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