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Politicians can deliver a Greener Britain

With the next UK General Election just eight months away, now is the time for political parties to set out their ambitions for the environment during the next Parliament. Today, along with nine other leading environmental groups, we’re launching Greener Britain, our blueprint for a greener, fairer, better Britain in a more sustainable world. The […]

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Jin Kai during training © Wayne Wu/TRAFFIC Illegal Wildlife trade

The great dog detectives

At the arrivals hall of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, passengers are bustling as usual. Jin Kai is carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ luggage. Although Jin Kai isn’t the typical airport security officer you’d expect… she’s a Labrador. Jin Kai is one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run […]

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Medal winners. Copyright: London2012IOC Commonwealth Games

From London to Glasgow: making the sustainability link

The 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is over half way through now and the excitement keeps rising. Athletes, from countries formerly part of the British Empire, have performed extraordinarily well in various disciplines. But how will this games perform against that of London 2012 in terms of it’s sustainability? Only a few […]

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Red squirrel, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland © Wild Wonders of Europe/Peter Cairns / WWF

Our kingdom of nature – not so united

On the whole, the United Kingdom seems to love its nature. We worship Attenborough, re-use and recycle, and are encouraged to make our gardens wildlife friendly. But how much do UK citizens really understand the threats to – and importance of – nature? A 2013 Flash Eurobarometer Survey interviewed 25,537 people from the 27 EU […]

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Amur tiger caught on a camera trap © Toshiji Fukuda World Tiger Day

A majestic animal on its knees

We scanned the plain with binoculars for any sign of movement, the only light coming from the half-full moon overhead.  The threat – we knew – was real. The previous evening a group of youths had been stopped, drunk and armed with a rifle. I was with the World Wildlife Fund in the furthest eastern […]

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Ranger Ramesh Thapa, Nepal World Ranger Day

On the front line in Bardia National Park

Ramesh Thapa has been a park ranger for 31 years, 22 of those he’s spent in Bardia National Park in Nepal. He’s seen a lot happen over that time, good and bad. As we celebrate World Ranger Day, I caught up with him to ask a few questions about his experiences. What was your motivation […]

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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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Drax power plant, Yorkshire © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon

The Dirty 30: How coal is tainting the UK’s climate leadership

We environmentalists don’t often talk about what our politicians are doing well. It’s human nature to take these things for granted and concentrate on the areas where improvements are needed. Well here’s something… …In 2008, the UK government became the first country in the world to introduce a Climate Change Act. The current government has […]

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Olympic rings

Let the Games commence – sustainably of course

On the 23 July 2014, Glasgow will open the 20th Commonwealth Games since the first Games were held in 1930. The director of the Glasgow Games has stated that this could be the most sustainable sports event ever… but just what does that mean for the Games’ seafood customers and our oceans? The background to […]

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