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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? 1) CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it

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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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Freshwater Dam, Ceres, Western Cape © WWF-UK World Water Week

Water stewardship in agriculture takes centre stage

This week in Stockholm, water’s ‘great and the good’ are meeting to discuss its many challenges. As usual, policy makers, NGO’s and progressive businesses are here but excitingly, this year, farmers are getting a larger share of the debate – a critical development given 70% of all water use is in agriculture. One of the

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Matured cotton bolls await harvest. © Asim Hafeez/WWF-UK gallery

What cotton is your T-shirt made of?

We’ve talked about knitting pandas on this blog, but now it’s time to turn our attention to cotton. I think I can be reasonably confident to assume that we all own something that’s made of cotton – perhaps you’re wearing a cotton T-shirt right now. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and in fact cotton is one

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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WWF penguins image – Rebecca Kinge, Corporate Communications Manager, with over 1000 WWF Adelie penguin adoption toys which have arrived at the WWF-UK's head office in Woking, Surrey © Gretel Ensiqniq PA

Montymania: What a partnership brings to a Christmas campaign

As many of you might know John Lewis launched their Christmas advert a couple of weeks ago and introduced Monty to our screens and to our hearts. With over 23m views of the advert online it’s safe to say that Monty the penguin has become a very popular character among the British public. We’ve come […]

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Close up of a spectacled bear

Adventures in bear country

As a child learning about Paddington Bear’s adventures I never thought I would one day have the opportunity to visit his home land.  Michael Bond describes Paddington as hailing from ‘darkest Peru’, where I have had the pleasure to spend an extended amount of time in recent years. Paddington was undoubtedly inspired by the only […]

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Jaguar in the Pantanal © Anthony B.Rath_WWF Pantanal Day

Raise a glass (of water) to the Pantanal

Happy Pantanal Day! I think it’s fitting that such an amazing place has its own special day; a wetland the size of Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Portugal combined – the world’s largest – definitely deserves to be celebrated! This huge floodplain is home to an incredible array of species with over 5000 recorded to date.  […]

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Lumps of coal © Alexander G weak_hope

Don’t assume it’s curtains for electricity from coal

Burning coal is the biggest threat to tackling climate change. Our old coal power stations, relics from the 1960s and 70s, have served us well but their time is up. The next Government must take action to ensure they close by 2025 at the latest. Here’s a startling statistic for you. Keeping just one coal […]

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Richard dressed as Mr Incredible, Amsterdam Marathon © Richard Whitty Events

The final hurdle

On Saturday 25 October at half five, I climbed out of bed and headed into a cold shower, while trying not to wake up my girlfriend. After this mildly uncomfortable wake up call, I will start my final pre-race routine. First check the gels, make sure I have salt tablets, pack two pairs of running […]

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