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Durdle Door. Beaches are among the natural settings with most well-being benefit © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

On the nature of happiness: mental health and the environment






Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Just plain mental fatigue. These are some of the causes of mental ill health that are increasingly common in our society. Spending more time in nature can help us with these. In fact, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK and rates are on the increase. There […]

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African elephant © Richard Barrett / WWF-UK forests

A plan for water in Kwale: vital for forests, wildlife and people






Water is a major issue for everyone in Kenya. The country is classified as ‘chronically water scarce’ and demands for water largely exceeds the available supply. Many of our key industries, such as agriculture, tourism and energy production, are highly dependent on rainfall and water availability. At the same time, rapidly increasing urban populations and […]

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WWF's Living Planet Report found that we risk a 67% decline in global populations of vertebrate species by 2020 if we don't act now. © Martin Harvey / WWF living planet report

Rhaid i’r Llywodraeth a busnesau gydweithio i atal dirywiad amgylcheddol






Tynnodd yr Adroddiad Planed Fyw, a gyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar gan y sefydliad cadwraethol byd-eang WWF, sylw at y ffordd frawychus mae rhywogaethau ledled y byd yn prinhau. Mae anifeiliaid eiconig fel eliffantod Affrica, eirth gwyn a gorilaod mynydd i gyd mewn perygl. Felly hefyd rhai rydyn ni’n fwy cyfarwydd â nhw, fel eogiaid, ieir bach […]

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Business

Are you sitting comfortably?






Import of furniture to the UK is a multi-billion pound business, so you’d think UK furniture retailers would have the good business sense to ensure the timber for their products is sustainably produced, wouldn’t you?  Are you sitting comfortably? I’ll introduce you to a story about this trade. In 2015, our first Timber Scorecard looked at whether UK businesses across different sectors were  […]

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Can we see the light at the end of the forest? © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

Mock exam on zero deforestation: how did we do?






Today, a significant progress report on forest conservation across the world will be launched. Pre-released last week, the collaborative assessment led by Climate Focus in partnership with other organizations assesses progress towards the international goals in the 2015 New York Declaration on Forests. It shows a mixed scorecard and highlights deficiencies in data. The new progress […]

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Fantastic animals and where to find them






In the dark, rippling reeds by the lake, something stirred. Rain beat down on me like tennis balls, thunder crumpled the air around me as if a sheet of card being folded by some irritable giant up on the hill, fumbling his origami sculpture, his curses the sharp shocks of lightning bringing the forest suddenly […]

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