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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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Supporting WWF’s Earth Hour in Antarctica under the Southern Lights ©Tom Welsh, British Antarctic Survey Earth Hour

The Light at the Ends of the Earth

For me, Earth Hour is one of the most inspirational events of the year. It’s the world’s largest mass participation event for the environment, bringing together millions of people, businesses and governments to share a common cause and a common sense of purpose – the need to tackle dangerous global climate change. Last year, people

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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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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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Leopard print scarf for a quick wild fix. Copyright: Vickie Richards Wear it Wild

Wear to start – a beginner’s guide to eco-fashion

When you think of WWF, you may not immediately think of fashion, but our new event will make the world of fashion and precious species collide. We’re calling on people around the UK to dress to express their wild side for our Wear it Wild campaign launching on Friday 5 June. But more on that […]

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Supporting WWF’s Earth Hour in Antarctica under the Southern Lights ©Tom Welsh, British Antarctic Survey Earth Hour

The Light at the Ends of the Earth

For me, Earth Hour is one of the most inspirational events of the year. It’s the world’s largest mass participation event for the environment, bringing together millions of people, businesses and governments to share a common cause and a common sense of purpose – the need to tackle dangerous global climate change. Last year, people […]

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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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