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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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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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Protest on the beach near Ayrshire against the proposed Hunterston power station Here in the UK

How to defeat dirty-coal in five easy steps (or years)

“When Scotland’s world leading climate laws were passed it was rightly hailed as a great example for the world to follow. Plans for coal-fired power plants that do not capture all the emissions from day one, put that leadership in question. The eyes of the world are watching and hoping that Scotland will reject this

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Polar bear, Svalbard © Gert Polet, WWF Netherlands climate change

Decreasing Arctic sea ice leaves polar bears at a crossroads

Arctic Sea ice is reported to have reached its 2014 minimum on 17 September, before the onset of the winter freeze. At 5.02 million km 2 (1.94 million km 2), it is the sixth lowest on satellite record, demonstrating the continued downward trend in Arctic sea ice. The last eight years have been the lowest […]

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glove and mountains © Luke McCarthy climate change

Climate change is turning my sport upside down

Freestyle skier and devoted WWF supporter, Luke McCarthy got in touch with me back in 2013 with a simple but urgent question: “I’m worried about the future of my sport. How can I help you to spread the word about climate change?” Today, he’s channeling his energy, enthusiasm and talent into creating a film about […]

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Scottish saltire

What does Scotland’s independence referendum mean for the environment?

If you can, imagine yourselves on the other side of the referendum. It’s easy to imagine that once such a big question has been asked on 18 September, Scotland’s future will be settled. No, it won’t, not quite. Once Scotland has decided its constitutional direction (the shape, the size, the way it operates, the way […]

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Houses of Parliament © Treye Rice / Flickr

Politicians can deliver a Greener Britain

With the next UK General Election just eight months away, now is the time for political parties to set out their ambitions for the environment during the next Parliament. Today, along with nine other leading environmental groups, we’re launching Greener Britain, our blueprint for a greener, fairer, better Britain in a more sustainable world. The […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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Nico climate change

Happiness

It starts early: with that very first miraculous smile. When my son was born 10 months ago now, I began to wonder when that first of many smiles will appear across his face. First it was unconscious… however, very soon that conscious smile conveyed so much: trust, security, learning and – perhaps most importantly – […]

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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 Villages’ in Kenya – helping protect forests and tackle poverty

How do you cook your food? How do you light your home? Imagine 95% of the people in a village next to a forest depending on firewood for cooking and that most of this cooking is done using inefficient stoves Now imagine they depend on that forest as the main source of firewood since many […]

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Drax power plant, Yorkshire © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon

The Dirty 30: How coal is tainting the UK’s climate leadership

We environmentalists don’t often talk about what our politicians are doing well. It’s human nature to take these things for granted and concentrate on the areas where improvements are needed. Well here’s something… …In 2008, the UK government became the first country in the world to introduce a Climate Change Act. The current government has […]

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