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County governments: key to ensuring sustainable development paths






When Kenya adopted its new constitution in 2010, much of the responsibility for managing natural resources moved from the centralised national government to newly established county governments, through a process called devolution. Across the country, the passing of the new constitution resulted in the formation of 47 county governments and it is intended that devolvement […]

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Politicians: What will you do for the environment?






So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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Why Whitehall must change to meet tomorrow’s environmental challenges






Ever wondered how big policy decisions are made in government?  Decisions like infrastructure investments, healthcare delivery, house building – and dare I say it,  how best to protect the environment. It basically works like this: the policies of a new government are set out in the party manifesto or coalition agreement. Civil servants translate this […]

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A missed opportunity for the economy and the environment






“The long-term economic plan is working”, the Chancellor claimed today in delivering the 2015 Budget – and it did include at least some good news for those who care about a more sustainable, resilient economy. Funding to explore the feasibility of Swansea’s new tidal lagoon is a welcome move that suggests some recognition that clean […]

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The Houses of Parliament, viewed from the South Bank of the River Thames, London, UK © Global Warming Images / WWF / Ashley Cooper Greener Budget

Sustaining prosperity in a changing world






This year’s budget (18 March) will be one of the last big actions of the Coalition Government. Will the Chancellor take bold steps to enhance long-term economic security by safeguarding the environment and accelerating low-carbon innovation? Or will it be a damp pre-election squib? At WWF-UK, we hope it is the former. Last week we […]

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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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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon

Brazilian election drama to continue to a second round






Last weekend I was very eager to power up my computer to find out the result of the Brazilian elections which had taken place on Sunday.  It was no surprise to learn that the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff of the Brazilian Working Party (PT) had failed to secure enough votes to win outright and consequently the […]

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