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Byw yng Nghymru? Ychwanegwch eich llais er lles coedwigoedd, moroedd a’r hinsawdd trwy #welshwish

Rwy’n siŵr eich bod wedi clywed am Awr Ddaear WWF erbyn hyn. Dathliad byd-eang o’n planed wych ydy hi – a bob blwyddyn mae miliynau o bobl ar draws y byd yn diffodd eu goleuadau er mwyn dangos eu cefnogaeth am ddyfodol disglair i’r byd. Yng Nghymru, megis mewn gwledydd eraill, mae adeiladau enwog yn

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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Payments for ecosystem services in Brazil

Around the world, initiatives are being developed and implemented at different scales to reward those that are protecting water catchments, conserving forests and caring for natural habitats. Where payments are involved, this approach is known as Payments for Environmental Services or PES. WWF-Brazil together with a number of partners has just published a series of

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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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Emperor penguin Chick Dawson-Lambton Glacier, Antarctica © Fritz Pölking / WWF

Top 10 facts about emperor penguins






For me, Emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first saw them on the ice, I was struck by their serene grace and intricate beauty. Delicate gold patches adorn their chest like an artist’s brushstroke against their otherwise black and white plumage. No other species is so perfectly adapted to survive in the […]

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25 Year Environment Plan

SNAP ELECTION: Our economy still needs an Environment Plan






The UK Government promised in its 2015 manifesto that we would become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. To achieve this, and in recognition of the crucial role that the natural environment plays in underpinning our economy and well-being, they committed to producing a ‘25 Year […]

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A girl joins the People's Climate March in New York, 2014 citizen scientists

March for Science on Earth Day






Geologists, biologists, physicists, oceanographers, meteorologist, paleoclimatologists…. some are familiar titles, and some sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. But these are all professions at the leading edge of science, the tool of curiosity, creativity and discovery that began with humanity trying to understand the world we live in, and now has the power […]

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Durdle Door. Beaches are among the natural settings with most well-being benefit © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

On the nature of happiness: mental health and the environment






Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Just plain mental fatigue. These are some of the causes of mental ill health that are increasingly common in our society. Spending more time in nature can help us with these. In fact, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK and rates are on the increase. There […]

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mother polar bear and cub walk across frozen pond © Elizabeth Kruger / WWF-US

Icons of the ice (part two)






You join me on an innovative population survey of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, led by scientists from the Government of Nunavut. We’re here to improve our understanding of how the bears will survive in a climate-altered future. “Bear! Starboard at 9 o’clock”. In the excitement, it takes a fraction of a second to […]

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Elephant ivory bracelets seized by Border Force, Heathrow Airport © WWF-UK / James Morgan africa

Is the UK tough enough on criminals that illegally trade wildlife?






Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so.  It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers.  It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania. So what is the UK doing […]

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