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Food security – what is it and why does it matter?

When the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was founded on 16 October 1945, it was the first major international organisation with the purpose of ‘ensuring humanity’s freedom from hunger’. FAO celebrates World Food Day every year on 16 October to commemorate this, and to raise awareness about hunger, nutrition and food […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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The livelihood benefits from river conservation

There’s no doubt that tourism is a key sector for the Cambodian economy. Bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia has a rich history and culture and boasts average temperatures of 27-28 degrees centigrade. It also houses one of the world’s great rivers, the 4,800km Mekong, which winds its way from the Tibetan plateau to the […]

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Our food system is broken – government must help fix it

The recent important report on sustainable food by the Environmental Audit Committee makes some uncomfortable recommendations – such as eating less meat and restricting junk food advertising. It also highlights where the government’s own policies are lacking – like its standards for buying meat and dairy. But these aren’t reasons for putting it in the […]

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Cambodia diary 20: Chut Wutty – violent death of an environmental hero

On  25 April 2012, Chut Wutty, a well-known Cambodian environmentalist, was gunned down and killed in Koh Kong province. Along with two journalists he had been investigating illegal rosewood logging close to the site of a Chinese dam project. He was apparently killed following a heated argument with military police after refusing to surrender the memory […]

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Energy-efficiency saves money, brings jobs, cuts carbon – what’s not to like?

Making UK homes more energy-efficient should be a no-brainer. It helps reduce people’s bills, creates jobs in the building trade, improves the country’s energy security – and also happens to be the most cost-effective way to reduce our carbon emissions. So why isn’t our government fully behind it…? The International Energy Agency says energy efficiency […]

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Indian Ocean: the real Madagascar, and how we can save it

While filming parts of the second episode of his BBC series ‘Indian Ocean’ in Madagascar, Simon Reeve was accompanied by Charlie Gardner, scientific advisor for WWF’s Ala Maiky programme in the region. Here Charlie tells us the stark truth about what’s really happening in Madagascar, behind all the photogenic wildlife and the cute cartoons… “Madagascar […]

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