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River Quin, Hertfordshire. © Charles Rangeley-Wilson / WWF
Over-abstraction in England

Where have England's rivers gone?

Rivers  in England are running dry and wildlife is suffering, but no one has come close to mentioning a drought. What’s going on? Is this a footpath meandering under an old bridge?  I’m afraid not. It’s actually a river – the River Quin in Hertfordshire in spring this year. And plenty of other rivers have

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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? Chocolate Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it can

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The People's Climate March, NYC, USA © WWF Intl. / Greg Marinovich / The Stand climate change

How the US and the world are already defying Trump on Paris

So, despite the efforts of world leaders, despite the case made by his own Secretary of State (a former fossil fuel company boss), his Defence Secretary and, we understand, his own daughter, and despite pleas from US businesses, Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement. The fightback, however, is already on… Stepping

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© Shutterstock / Leung Cho Pan / WWF

G20’s financial task force recommendations could be the catalyst to a low-carbon future

Today sees the publication of a milestone set of recommendations from the highly influential Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the philanthropist and former Mayor of New York, and created by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), it sets

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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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A thermal image of a house © Isaac Lane Koval 2009 climate change

Five years on: what progress is Scotland making on climate change?

Recently I attended an event at the Scottish Parliament where the UK Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) presented their most recent progress report of delivery under the Scottish Climate Change Act. Five years ago I would have been in the same building – and possibly the same room – my memory fails me, urging our

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River Quin, Hertfordshire. © Charles Rangeley-Wilson / WWF Over-abstraction in England

Where have England’s rivers gone?






Rivers  in England are running dry and wildlife is suffering, but no one has come close to mentioning a drought. What’s going on? Is this a footpath meandering under an old bridge?  I’m afraid not. It’s actually a river – the River Quin in Hertfordshire in spring this year. And plenty of other rivers have […]

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Electric vehicle charging © Gareth Redmond-King, 2017 climate

Electric vehicles – which country is leading the charge?






Barely two months into his presidency, French president Emmanuel Macron continues to throw down the gauntlet on tackling climate change. Having banned new oil and gas exploration, his government has now set 2050 as the year by which France will be carbon neutral.  This is genuine ambition, announced as 19 world leaders lined up against […]

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A truck loaded with acacia leaves the plantation. Phu Loc district, Vietnam. © James Morgan / WWF WWF Timber Scorecard 2017

Retail industry backs WWF’s work to combat deforestation






Illegal timber sourcing is a huge issue for the environment as it leads to deforestation and biodiversity loss. But is everyone doing the best they can to combat it? Guest blogger Leah Riley Brown, from the British Retail Consortium, discusses more. Retailers across the UK understand that the world’s forests perform critical functions both globally and […]

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Cows drink from the River Derwent by Kirkham Priory © Sarah Wade

Joining the Dots on Water Stewardship






“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” (unknown) We all need water, we all use water, but we can only protect water and our rivers by working together. Our new Water Stewardship Service is a way for business to […]

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A young girl eating healthy vegetables © Kelly Sillaste / Getty Images / WWF Food Friday

Seven things you need to know about Livewell






What is food consumption’s share of delivering the Paris Agreement? Can the Livewell approach include additional environmental metrics – such as land use and water footprint? What can a healthy, sustainable diet look like in 2030? Can we develop a Livewell Plate for the elderly? And, what about a vegan Livewell Plate? These are some […]

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© Shutterstock / Leung Cho Pan / WWF

G20’s financial task force recommendations could be the catalyst to a low-carbon future






Today sees the publication of a milestone set of recommendations from the highly influential Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Chaired by Michael Bloomberg, the philanthropist and former Mayor of New York, and created by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), it sets […]

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Westminster General Election

After the UK General Election, what does the next government need to do for the environment?






So, an election campaign that most had expected to deliver an increased Conservative majority ends in a hung parliament, and a Conservative government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party. Those in the business of predicting poll results might be better reading tea leaves for inspiration, but amid the shock, what does this all mean for […]

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The People's Climate March, NYC, USA © WWF Intl. / Greg Marinovich / The Stand climate change

How the US and the world are already defying Trump on Paris






So, despite the efforts of world leaders, despite the case made by his own Secretary of State (a former fossil fuel company boss), his Defence Secretary and, we understand, his own daughter, and despite pleas from US businesses, Donald Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement. The fightback, however, is already on… Stepping […]

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