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Five reasons why your business will be tackling water issues by 2020

People, economies and nature – they all depend on water. But by 2025, UNESCO predicts that water demands for two-thirds of the world’s population will exceed the available supply. In a world of increasingly severe water scarcity and pollution, it’s essential we improve how we manage freshwater resources right now. Businesses of every kind and […]

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Traditional boat, Ganges river, Kahalgoan, Bihar, India, 2001 © naturepl.com / Neil Lucas / WWF

What links the iconic River Ganges to the shoes on your feet?

If the shoes on your feet, the bridle on your horse or the wallet in your pocket comes from India, there’s a good chance it was produced in a tannery along the Ganges River. The problem is that these tannery clusters are causing an issue; they’re polluting the Ganges with heavy metals, process chemicals and […]

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Wildebeest migration, Mara River, Kenya. © Martin Harvey / WWF

Celebrating the Mara River this World Mara Day

Famous for the annual wildebeest migration and the lifeblood of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti ecosystem – today on World Mara Day we celebrate the great Mara River and our work to sustain it. It’s World Mara Day – a symbolic day to highlight the significance of the Mara ecosystem and the value of its […]

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WWF UK Green Ambassador UK award presented to Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, on 10th July, 2017. © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Green Ambassadors

But I would walk 3,100 miles…in my quest to visit some amazing green schools!

When I think back to June and July of this year I can’t help but have that well known Proclaimers song ‘Gonna Be’ in my head as it really did feel like I walked 500 miles (well 3,100 miles actually even if 1,000 of those were in a virtual sense!) visiting some amazing Green Ambassador […]

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The second mountaintop reptile © Philippe J. R. Kok

Eight unique and wonderful new Amazon species you didn’t know existed

Did you know that new species are constantly being discovered? We have good news to share. 381 new species were recently discovered in the Amazon, our new report highlights. The Amazon is both the largest tropical forest and the largest river system, playing a vital role in global climate regulation. It extends over 1% of […]

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River Itchen chalk stream in Hampshire, UK Chalk streams

Why England’s chalk-streams are drying and dying

Why are England’s chalk-streams disappearing? Charles Rangeley-Wilson, a writer, photographer and conservationist, explores the reasons why they are drying and dying, and shares his photographs from a recent trip to the South of England. The pressure on our natural resources is illustrated in the quiet death of a chalk-stream. And this year 2017, they are […]

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Turtle hatchling in Lamu © Jonathan Caramanus/Green Renaissance/WWF-UK

The value of long-term monitoring of marine turtle nesting

For nearly 20 years, we’ve been working closely with local communities in Lamu seascape to monitor and safeguard key marine turtle nesting sites. Community-based patrols have enabled us to collect a wealth of information about the turtles that come to nest on our beaches. Earlier this month, we shared that information with the wider scientific […]

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Sumatran orang-utan ©Karen Edwards Global Orangutan Day

A trek in search of Asia’s ‘critically endangered’ orang-utan

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to see the orang-utan in it’s natural habitat. It was a beautiful experience. But with Asia’s orange-haired great apes labelled as ‘critically endangered’, the chances are we won’t be able to visit them for much longer. But why are we losing them and what can be done to […]

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