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The Franciscan Friar, Antonio de Marchena played a vital role in one of history’s greatest events- the ‘discovery’ of the Americas. The Spanish Monarchy was initially skeptical of Columbus’ idea to sail west, but the Friar’s intervention was crucial in getting royal approval and he even accompanied Columbus on at least one of the voyages

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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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Helping communities protect globally important forests

Some of the most precious forests in coastal east Africa are under threat – and with the support of Size of Wales, we’ve been stepping up efforts to save them. The Mijikenda sacred forests or ‘Kayas’ of Kenya’s coast have immense cultural, religious and traditional value. People go to these forests to pray, appease ancestral […]

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WWF team at FSC General Assembly, Seville © Kerry Cesareo, WWF US FSC

FSC General Assembly 2014, Seville – future for forests for all

Last week, I attended my first Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly. Its an assembly of the companies, environmental organisations, civil society groups, and individuals that make up the membership of FSC, and as such share the responsibility of setting the direction for FSC. We tackled issues critical to supporting people, nature, and business, as the […]

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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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Loggerhead turtle trapped in a drifting abandoned net subsequently released, Mediterranean Sea © Jordi Chias/uwaterphoto.com gallery

Jordi Chias: how images can boost conservation

Underwater photographer Jordi Chias, who won the ‘One Earth’ award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010 with his image ‘Turtle in trouble’, reflects on photography’s essential role in promoting conservation. Do you feel that photos like ‘Turtle in Trouble’ can benefit conservation? Photography and film are a powerful tool for conservation. We  […]

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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon National Amazon Day

Honouring the home of the Amazon

Today it is National Amazon Day! This isn’t about buying more books or music online but about celebrating the world’s largest rainforest. At WWF-UK, I have the fortune of working to help preserve what is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. While sometimes the news from this part of the world can […]

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Freshwater Dam, Ceres, Western Cape © WWF-UK World Water Week

Water stewardship in agriculture takes centre stage

This week in Stockholm, water’s ‘great and the good’ are meeting to discuss its many challenges. As usual, policy makers, NGO’s and progressive businesses are here but excitingly, this year, farmers are getting a larger share of the debate – a critical development given 70% of all water use is in agriculture. One of the […]

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