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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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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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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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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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The irrigation channel coming from Jajmau sewage and effluent treatment plant © Conor Linstead / WWF-UK Indian Rivers Week

A tale of two cities: water woes….but reasons for hope

WWF-UK’s Freshwater Specialist, Conor Linstead tells his account of the water issues being faced and solutions being taken by us in Kanpur and Lahore from his recent visit to India. The idea that businesses are at growing risk from water problems, and not just having an impact on water, is a relatively new idea but […]

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Forests and climate change: what happened at Lima?

Two days later than expected, the twentieth annual UN climate change conference drew to a close in Lima last weekend. Emissions from forest loss and degradation are second only in size to the burning of fossil fuels. So what progress was made on forests and REDD+ in Lima? Firstly, let’s look at the negotiations Well… […]

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Forest communities celebrate as they switch on to solar energy

It was all smiles, cheers and celebration when Fatuma lit the first ever solar lantern in the village, lighting the whole one roomed house. The night had literally turned into daytime. This is the village of Fihoni, bordering the Gogoni forest. It’s one of the communities now benefitting from a shift to sustainable energy thanks […]

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Postcards from Peru: A diary from the UN climate talks (Days 6 and 7)

I’m in Lima for the UN climate talks which run 1-12 December. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it DAYS 6-7 (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2014) Despite a week of meetings, and working through the whole of Saturday, the reality is that negotiations […]

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Postcards from Peru: A diary from the UN climate talks (Days 4 and 5)

I’m in Lima for the UN climate talks which run 1-12 December. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it DAYS 4-5 (Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2014) This morning we woke to the news that Super Typhoon Hagupit is bearing down the people of […]

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