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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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Construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Teles Pires river, Brazil. © Zig Koch/WWF-Brazil Brazil

What does a new Brazilian government mean for the environment?






The world’s eyes turn to Brazil this August as it hosts the Olympics. Its been a challenging few months for the country, with concerns over the zika virus, and the impeachment process of the country’s President Dilma Rouseff. In this blog I explore what the country’s new government might mean for the environment. Brazil is […]

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Fields, wind turbines and solar panels © Global Warming Images / David Lawson / WWF-UK Brexit

Keeping climate policy alive after Brexit






“Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum” Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Climate change is a political issue. It is such a big problem that we cannot tackle it without ambitious legislation from global governments to reduce our emissions. Of course, we encourage individuals […]

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Tuna © Brian J Skerry/National Geographic/WWF

New hope for Indian Ocean tuna






One swallow does not a summer make, so the saying goes. Yet at WWF we’ve been cautiously optimistic at the outcome of the recent meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), in La Reunion, France. The IOTC, responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the region, is notorious for its lack […]

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Gentoo penguin, Antarctica © Rod Downie

Penguins and oil don’t mix






Penguins and oil don’t mix. That’s why, for a quarter of a century, Antarctica has remained the world’s biggest No-Go zone for oil and gas exploitation and commercial mining. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the mining ban under the Antarctic Treaty’s environmental protocol. In 1991, 29 countries agreed by consensus to ensure that […]

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