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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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baby turtle hatchlings © WWF-Kenya

Kenya's Lamu seascape - pristine, important and threatened

The Lamu seascape is located at the northernmost part of Kenya’s coast line. It starts from the Tana river delta in the South and stretches to the Kenya – Somalia border in the north. The Lamu archipelago comprise of approximately fifty five islands which are mainly made up of fossilised sand dunes or raised beaches.

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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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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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Houses of Parliament © Paul Brocklehurst / Flickr.com Politics

Politicians: What will you do for the environment?

So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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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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A screenshot of tiger cubs in the wild, taken from Whiska's latest TV ad campaign © Gary Van Wyk – The Ginkgo Agency Tigers

A brief encounter worth having

I have always been inspired by nature, and by the passion and dedication of people working to ensure that nature and wildlife can thrive. When I attended the Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching in Asia recently, I knew I was going to listen and learn from many inspiring individuals who were coming together to tackle a […]

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US Geological Survey map. Copyright: USGS World Water Day Sunday 22 March

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare

On Sunday 22 March, we’ll celebrate UN World Water Day. Its slogan – “a day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare” – really hits the nail on the head. Water provides us with life, enables our food to grow, sustains industry, creates energy to heat and power our homes and businesses […]

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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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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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