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Christ the Redeemer and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © WWF Brazil / Adriana Lorete / WWF-Canon

How much is the world worth?

In the run-up to Rio+20 there was a lot of talk about ‘natural capital’ – the economic value of the natural world in terms of money. But it doesn’t appear anywhere in the text of the document that’s coming out of the Rio conference. So what’s happened? The case for ‘natural capital’ is clear. While […]

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More textual manoeuvres in the dark at Rio

The text! The text! Most of  the talk yesterday and today has been about the latest negotiating text, released by the Brazilian chairs at the weekend after much anticipation. To say it has been a disappointment would be something of an understatement. As soon as I arrived at the vast Rio Centro convention centre, the venue for this week’s Rio+20 […]

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Rio+20 - Indigenous people protesting with music against the destruction of the Amazon forest © WWF / Franko Petri Latest from Rio

Noise and colour as thousands come to demand global change at Rio

The park in Flamingo Bay, in the shadow of Rio’s Sugarloaf mountain, has been taken over by the alternative to the suited-and-booted global event across town. It’s the Rio+20 People’s Summit and I’ve managed to escape the conference halls and see what it’s all about – and get a bit of sun at the same […]

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Rio: long days, late nights, hot potatoes ahead

My long trip to Rio for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (aka the ‘Earth Summit’ 2012) doesn’t seem so bad compared to what some of my American colleagues have gone through. They were supposed to be here on Thursday but through a series of cancellations and mishaps, they got stuck in Sao Paulo trying to complete […]

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David Nussbaum © Greg Armfield / WWF-UK

WWF CEO: what I’m hoping for from Rio+20

WWF’s chief executive David Nussbaum will be with the UK government delegation at Rio+20, the big UN conference on sustainable development happening next week in Brazil. Here he outlines his hopes and expectations for the event… “Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Carnival, beaches we can only dream about in the UK, caipirinha cocktails, […]

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Living Planet Report 2012

Living Planet Report: we know the facts, now it’s time for action

Every two years we bring out a new edition of our Living Planet Report. It’s effectively the result of putting two sets of data together for every country in the world – information about resources being consumed, and information about what’s happening to different types of animal species. Since habitat loss is the main cause […]

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