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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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Matured cotton bolls await harvest. © Asim Hafeez/WWF-UK gallery

What cotton is your T-shirt made of?

We’ve talked about knitting pandas on this blog, but now it’s time to turn our attention to cotton. I think I can be reasonably confident to assume that we all own something that’s made of cotton – perhaps you’re wearing a cotton T-shirt right now. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and in fact cotton is one

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The Severn from the air

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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Paper record player, designed by Simon Elvin © Do The Green Thing Earth Hour

Doing the green thing with everyday objects

Naresh Ramchandani is the co-founder of environmental non-profit Do The Green Thing, a partner at design firm Pentagram and a practitioner of what he calls “communications with a conscience.” Together with WWF, Do The Green Thing commissioned designers and artists to create a collection of everyday objects that inspire people to live more sustainably for […]

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Here in the UK

Wales has something big to celebrate this Earth Hour

As I write this, it’s just over a week to Earth Hour. And I think that this year it should be even more of a celebration than usual in Wales. Why? Because we’ve just done something amazing for our planet. Yes, we did it. After over three years of campaigning, our politicians have passed a […]

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London cityscape - old and new © Getty Images Greener Budget

A missed opportunity for the economy and the environment

“The long-term economic plan is working”, the Chancellor claimed today in delivering the 2015 Budget – and it did include at least some good news for those who care about a more sustainable, resilient economy. Funding to explore the feasibility of Swansea’s new tidal lagoon is a welcome move that suggests some recognition that clean […]

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Newlyn, Cornwall ©Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK gallery

Five steps to better management for Europe’s seas

The UK government has opened a consultation on its Marine Strategy Framework Directive  (MSFD) Programme of Measures. The Programme of Measures is a key step in the MSFD cycle. Let’s remind ourselves of the cycle again… Step 1 Each member state must carry out an assessment of their seas and set targets and indicators under […]

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The Houses of Parliament, viewed from the South Bank of the River Thames, London, UK © Global Warming Images / WWF / Ashley Cooper Greener Budget

Sustaining prosperity in a changing world

This year’s budget (18 March) will be one of the last big actions of the Coalition Government. Will the Chancellor take bold steps to enhance long-term economic security by safeguarding the environment and accelerating low-carbon innovation? Or will it be a damp pre-election squib? At WWF-UK, we hope it is the former. Last week we […]

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International Women's Day

Is there hope for a River full of waste?

This International Women’s Day, meet Dr. Seema Mahendra- a loving mother, a valued professor and a feisty Ramganga Mitra from Uttar Pradesh, India, who continues to fight her battle to bring life back to her long lost river. Even with exams at University, working long hours and being layered with social commitments, nothing has ever […]

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