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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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Heatmap of a city climate change

Why our homes shouldn’t cost the earth

One in every four pounds spent on heating is wasted by inefficient homes. We could cut the waste and our carbon emissions by fitting insulation. So why isn’t the Government doing more to encourage this simple way to tackle climate change? Energy is a precious resource. We go to extreme lengths to get the gas

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electric vehicles

How do I charge my electric car with renewable energy?

It’s a deceptively simple question with a few interesting answers. Let’s take a look at the options for charging an electric car with renewable energy, ranging from getting your own solar panels to timing your charge for the greenest power. Why go for an electric car? First of all, let’s talk about why you might

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Here in the UK

Children are the real stars of WWF's Earth Hour

Earth Hour is fast approaching and as the Communications Manager for WWF Cymru my life seems to have been taken over by stars! During the last month I’ve met stars of all shapes and sizes from Hollywood actors to international rugby players, from politicians to school children – all are supporting Earth Hour and our

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Fish market, Mafia Island, Tanzania. Copyright: David Tanner WWF-UK

Marine conservation and addressing local poverty in southern Tanzania

One of the things people sometimes don’t realise about the work that WWF carries out around the world is that often it is not related to working directly with wildlife or working in ‘nature reserves’. This is particularly true in East Africa where local people’s ongoing reliance on nature and its products (fruit, fish, timber

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Temperatures in Greenland have risen by about 5C in the last 60 years due to human-induced climate change, causing melting at unprecedented rates. Greenland's ice alone contains enough water to raise global sea levels by nine metres. © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon climate change

Climate change is real.

Scientists and world governments have spoken: climate change is unequivocal, its risks are real and our impact is clearer than ever. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report launched last Friday is quite simply the most authoritative and comprehensive review of climate science available. It’s been prepared by over 800 scientists, cites over

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Pledging to save the Cerrado, one of the most bio-diverse places on earth

Have you heard of the Cerrado? It’s not nearly as recognised as its neighbour the Amazon but is just as important. The Brazilian Cerrado is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Covering more than 2 million square kilometres it is a diverse and beautiful ecosystem with a huge amount of biodiversity but over […]

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electric vehicles

How do I charge my electric car with renewable energy?

It’s a deceptively simple question with a few interesting answers. Let’s take a look at the options for charging an electric car with renewable energy, ranging from getting your own solar panels to timing your charge for the greenest power. Why go for an electric car? First of all, let’s talk about why you might […]

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forests

Making a difference: How Alpro is helping us conserve forests in East Africa

East Africa is globally renowned for its ‘Big 5’ species, found across the landscape in national parks such as the Selous, Serengeti and Mara in Kenya and Tanzania. These vast stretches of land that elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo call home, like the miombo woodlands, savanna grasslands and coastal forests, often go unnoticed, yet […]

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Traditional boat, Ganges river, Kahalgoan, Bihar, India, 2001 © naturepl.com / Neil Lucas / WWF

What links the iconic River Ganges to the shoes on your feet?

If the shoes on your feet, the bridle on your horse or the wallet in your pocket comes from India, there’s a good chance it was produced in a tannery along the Ganges River. The problem is that these tannery clusters are causing an issue; they’re polluting the Ganges with heavy metals, process chemicals and […]

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WWF UK Green Ambassador UK award presented to Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, on 10th July, 2017. © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Green Ambassadors

But I would walk 3,100 miles…in my quest to visit some amazing green schools!

When I think back to June and July of this year I can’t help but have that well known Proclaimers song ‘Gonna Be’ in my head as it really did feel like I walked 500 miles (well 3,100 miles actually even if 1,000 of those were in a virtual sense!) visiting some amazing Green Ambassador […]

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Sumatran orang-utan ©Karen Edwards Global Orangutan Day

A trek in search of Asia’s ‘critically endangered’ orang-utan

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to see the orang-utan in it’s natural habitat. It was a beautiful experience. But with Asia’s orange-haired great apes labelled as ‘critically endangered’, the chances are we won’t be able to visit them for much longer. But why are we losing them and what can be done to […]

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Heatmap of a city climate change

Why our homes shouldn’t cost the earth

One in every four pounds spent on heating is wasted by inefficient homes. We could cut the waste and our carbon emissions by fitting insulation. So why isn’t the Government doing more to encourage this simple way to tackle climate change? Energy is a precious resource. We go to extreme lengths to get the gas […]

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