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Today marks the end of a six week period where plans have been set out by the UK Government for 41 areas of English waters to be protected for precious species and habitats, as so-called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). WWF has been calling for these sites for many years and today we’ve responded to the Government’s consultation

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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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Lionesses with their cubs aged 3-6 months walking along a track (Panthera leo), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Top 10 facts about the magnificent Mara

Following World Mara Day on 15 September, we’ve got the lowdown on this incredible landscape… Mara Day, held on 15 September every year, celebrates the Mara River and the unique surrounding landscape in Kenya and Tanzania. The day coincides with one of nature’s greatest events: the annual migration of wildlife from the Serengeti National Park

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Emperor penguin Chick Dawson-Lambton Glacier, Antarctica © Fritz Pölking / WWF

Top 10 facts about emperor penguins

For me, Emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first saw them on the ice, I was struck by their serene grace and intricate beauty. Delicate gold patches adorn their chest like an artist’s brushstroke against their otherwise black and white plumage. No other species is so perfectly adapted to survive in the

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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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Woolacombe Beach, Devon Here in the UK

5 top things you need to know about the Marine Conservation Zones consultation

Today marks the end of a six week period where plans have been set out by the UK Government for 41 areas of English waters to be protected for precious species and habitats, as so-called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). WWF has been calling for these sites for many years and today we’ve responded to the Government’s consultation […]

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Plastic pollution is threatening marine life © Brent Stirton/Getty Images/WWF-UK Coastal Kenya Programme

Bringing the plastic pollution war closer to home in Kenya

Global nations have come to realise that plastic pollution is choking our oceans, causing irreversible damage to marine biodiversity and ecosystem health. We’re bringing the plastic pollution war closer to home in Kenya. It’s time for everyone to connect the dots and start bending the curve – reversing the decline in wildlife. This cannot wait […]

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Turtle eating plastic bag ©Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo

Marine turtles and plastics

Plastic is one of the most ubiquitous manmade compounds on earth. Since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s to 2015, humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics. Alarmingly, more than half of that plastic was produced in the last 13 years. Unless something drastic is done, […]

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Inside a tannery in India © James Lovick/Tinderflint water stewardship

The Leather Buyers Platform: a collaborative approach to protecting the Ganges

The Ganges is one of the world’s iconic rivers, and its home to over 650 million people, making it the most populous river basin in the world. But it’s not just people who rely on this mighty river, it’s also home to a number of incredible species including Ganges river dolphins, gharials (a specialist fish-eating […]

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Agreement reached between Southern Water & the Environment Agency paves the way for better water resources planning

April 21 is World Fish Migration Day, the perfect opportunity to celebrate a recent agreement which will help protect rare chalk streams, home to trout and migratory fish such as salmon. These rivers, when in pristine condition, are beautiful, unique habitats. Their crystal clear waters have been filtered through chalk aquifers. Their clean gravel beds […]

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