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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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Reflections from the Alliance for Water Stewardship Forum 2017

The Alliance for Water Stewardship forum in Edinburgh has just finished. It’s only in its second year but feels like a meeting that’s gathering momentum and it would be great to see it continue. There were many interesting sessions and discussions, including the launch of a new WWF report looking at how well agricultural sustainability […]

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Our imports should support sustainable development, not environmental destruction

Today we are publishing Risky Business, a new report that examines the UK’s imports of seven everyday commodities: beef and leather, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber, soy, and timber. The report sets out how much of these commodities we imported into the UK every year between 2011 and 2015, and the size of […]

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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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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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Charge up your electric car knowledge: Your questions about the ban on petrol-diesel cars answered

The UK government’s announcement to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 sparked a lot of questions. So we’ve set out to explain why electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the environment, how they work, and how more of them on the road might affect you. What difference would replacing all cars with electric cars […]

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Westminster General Election

After the UK General Election, what does the next government need to do for the environment?

So, an election campaign that most had expected to deliver an increased Conservative majority ends in a hung parliament, and a Conservative government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party. Those in the business of predicting poll results might be better reading tea leaves for inspiration, but amid the shock, what does this all mean for […]

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