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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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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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Richard dressed as Mr Incredible, Amsterdam Marathon © Richard Whitty Events

The final hurdle

On Saturday 25 October at half five, I climbed out of bed and headed into a cold shower, while trying not to wake up my girlfriend. After this mildly uncomfortable wake up call, I will start my final pre-race routine. First check the gels, make sure I have salt tablets, pack two pairs of running […]

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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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Living Planet Centre © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK

What a difference a year makes

A year ago today we were preparing for a pretty big day – the official opening of our new home the Living Planet Centre in Woking. We had moved in just three weeks earlier and were all adapting to our new surroundings, both the building and navigating our way around Woking itself (not to mention […]

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What I hope Wales will look like when my children have grown up

Snuggling up with my children to read their bedtime story is a precious moment for me. It’s a magical time watching them drift off to sleep. But imagine if that bedtime story took them to a future where people and wildlife thrive. That future is one where a small country like Wales made a very […]

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David Tanner and BMU Executive members, Temeke district, Tanzania. Copright: Keith Hempshall / WWF-UK

Building on success: fisheries management in southern Tanzania

Whether it’s to provide fish for dinner, beaches to relax on, waves to surf and sail, the oceans and their vast array of riches are important to us all. Millions of jobs in fishing, aquaculture, recreation, tourism, shipping and offshore energy are supported, while mangrove forests and coral reefs protect our shores from storms. There […]

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Royal Parks runner Carlos De Oliveira © Carlos De Oliveira Events

A right Royal run for the money

So Team Panda have been at it again…this time at The Royal Parks Half Marathon in London! On Sunday 12 October 16,000 people took part in the capital’s prettiest half marathon. Our fabulous team of 17 runners had been busy preparing not only getting the miles under their belt, but getting creative with their fundraising. […]

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Brazil nut collecting © Michael Gunther / WWF-UK Blink and it's gone

A healthy rainforest… in a nutshell

A chocolate-coloured, toe-shaped nut. The Brazil nut. One of the finest. Full of protein, calcium, iron, selenium; one creamy crunch and you’re reaching for another. But stop there… …it’s time to travel with that Brazil nut, to see life as it sees it. Surf over the sea to the Southern Hemisphere and nose-dive into the […]

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Rainforest Alliance certification © Rainforest Alliance Blink and it's gone

Follow the Frog with the Rainforest Alliance

We all wake up each morning with the intention to be better, do better, and live better. But how? Well, to start with you can follow the little green frog… The Rainforest Alliance’s green frog seal can be found on an array of agriculture and forestry goods, including tea, coffee, chocolate and paper –  all […]

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