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Byw yng Nghymru? Ychwanegwch eich llais er lles coedwigoedd, moroedd a’r hinsawdd trwy #welshwish

Rwy’n siŵr eich bod wedi clywed am Awr Ddaear WWF erbyn hyn. Dathliad byd-eang o’n planed wych ydy hi – a bob blwyddyn mae miliynau o bobl ar draws y byd yn diffodd eu goleuadau er mwyn dangos eu cefnogaeth am ddyfodol disglair i’r byd. Yng Nghymru, megis mewn gwledydd eraill, mae adeiladau enwog yn

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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Payments for ecosystem services in Brazil

Around the world, initiatives are being developed and implemented at different scales to reward those that are protecting water catchments, conserving forests and caring for natural habitats. Where payments are involved, this approach is known as Payments for Environmental Services or PES. WWF-Brazil together with a number of partners has just published a series of

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Postcards from Peru: A diary from the UN climate talks (Days 4 and 5)

I’m in Lima for the UN climate talks which run 1-12 December. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it DAYS 4-5 (Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2014) This morning we woke to the news that Super Typhoon Hagupit is bearing down the people of

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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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Satellite tagged turtle © Mike Olendo/WWF World Sea Turtle Day

It’s marine turtle nesting season and this year we’re satellite tagging!






Happy World Sea Turtle Day! Each year on 16 June we turn our attention to the amazing world of marine turtles. In Kenya, World Sea Turtle Day coincides with the peak nesting season and this year there are some exciting technological developments in our conservation efforts. Five species of marine turtles are known to visit Kenyan […]

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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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25 Year Environment Plan

SNAP ELECTION: Our economy still needs an Environment Plan






The UK Government promised in its 2015 manifesto that we would become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. To achieve this, and in recognition of the crucial role that the natural environment plays in underpinning our economy and well-being, they committed to producing a ‘25 Year […]

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A girl joins the People's Climate March in New York, 2014 citizen scientists

March for Science on Earth Day






Geologists, biologists, physicists, oceanographers, meteorologist, paleoclimatologists…. some are familiar titles, and some sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. But these are all professions at the leading edge of science, the tool of curiosity, creativity and discovery that began with humanity trying to understand the world we live in, and now has the power […]

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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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