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Climate & energy section - where we blog about global warming, carbon emissions and renewables...

In a letter to yesterday’s Sunday Times, a large cross section of environmental and conservation groups called on the current Government to stop fracking – and I’m proud to say that WWF was among them. This is the first time such a large number of influential groups have joined together to add our voices to

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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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Clean energy, green jobs - a barrage of questions for Wales

This week the debate is really heating up around harnessing the enormous power of the Severn Estuary and the even bigger issues of clean energy and the green economy. Let’s start by looking at where we are with Severn tidal power. Today I’ll be representing WWF at a meeting in London between environmental groups and

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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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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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Forests and climate change: what happened at Lima?

Two days later than expected, the twentieth annual UN climate change conference drew to a close in Lima last weekend. Emissions from forest loss and degradation are second only in size to the burning of fossil fuels. So what progress was made on forests and REDD+ in Lima? Firstly, let’s look at the negotiations Well… […]

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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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Postcards from Peru: A diary from the UN climate talks (Days 6 and 7)

I’m in Lima for the UN climate talks which run 1-12 December. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it DAYS 6-7 (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2014) Despite a week of meetings, and working through the whole of Saturday, the reality is that negotiations […]

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