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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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Red Gurnard © Naturepl.com/Toby Roxburgh/WWF

Fisheries: Seeing is believing






Boy, the Americans really know how to bake a good bran muffin.  This was one of the small discoveries I made while attending a conference recently in San Diego, California. The conference in question was the 8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference (IFOMC) and is the only conference series of its kind which looks at […]

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Sign for the new BEIS Department © gov.uk

Could BEIS be the vehicle the low carbon economy has been waiting for?






Climate change took centre stage in the controversy surrounding the formation of Theresa May’s government this July. One day into her premiership, it was announced that DECC would be merged with BIS, to form BEIS. Politicians and campaigners were quick to point out that, in the acronym acrobatics of the new Prime Minister’s departmental restructure, […]

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