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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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Emperor penguins diving, Ross Sea, Antarctica © National Geographic Creative / Paul Nicklen / WWF

Tracking the emperors of Antarctica






WWF has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to track emperor penguins in Antarctica. And now for the first time in 60 years, these iconic birds have received a British-led fieldwork study. For me, emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first encountered them, I was struck not only by their […]

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Can we see the light at the end of the forest? © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

Mock exam on zero deforestation: how did we do?






Today, a significant progress report on forest conservation across the world will be launched. Pre-released last week, the collaborative assessment led by Climate Focus in partnership with other organizations assesses progress towards the international goals in the 2015 New York Declaration on Forests. It shows a mixed scorecard and highlights deficiencies in data. The new progress […]

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The spoils of war © Brent Stirton Illegal Wildlife trade

Calling time on illegal wildlife trade






Yesterday the world’s biggest wildlife trade meeting finished, early.  The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) was scheduled to close tomorrow.  But yesterday’s business was quickly dispatched, with the plenary session quickly confirming the decisions made in […]

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Seized poacher's weapons and poached ivory. Copyright: James Morgan.

CITES CoP: more species, more action






I am one of over 2,500 people in Johannesburg, South Africa, meeting to discuss the biggest issues around the illegal trade in wildlife. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) has begun. It will be a busy […]

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