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The Prime Minister responded to an open letter, published in The Times, that was signed by more 80 UK companies © WWF

Making ourselves heard – Prime Minister responds to our call for action on sustainable development

In January more than 80 UK companies wrote to the Prime Minister about how sustainable development is good for business and asking her government to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’m pleased to report that the Prime Minister has replied, but was it what we wanted to hear? You can read the original […]

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Brexit need not mean the end of the UK’s strong environmental rules says WWF legal adviser Debbie Tripley

The European Union has contributed a lot to environmental policies in the UK, such as the EU Birds and Habitats directives, which saw the rare bittern brought back from the brink of extinction in the UK, and which have protected a range of wildlife sites up and down our country and across Europe. Now that […]

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Fields, wind turbines and solar panels © Global Warming Images / David Lawson / WWF-UK Brexit

Keeping climate policy alive after Brexit

“Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum” Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Climate change is a political issue. It is such a big problem that we cannot tackle it without ambitious legislation from global governments to reduce our emissions. Of course, we encourage individuals […]

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Wind turbines at Lambrigg wind farm, owned by Npower, near Sedburgh, Cumbria, UK © Global Warming Images / WWF

Reversing nature’s decline is a wise investment – business as usual will be far more costly

Environmental and economic goals do not conflict and a healthy natural world is the foundation of a resilient, productive economy. Given recent extreme weather events in the UK and around the world, and the global scientific consensus that climate change will make such events more common, these words should by now be regarded by both […]

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Houses of Parliament © Treye Rice / Flickr

Can David Cameron’s government offer hope for the environment?

The election of the first Conservative majority administration for a generation opened a new chapter for UK environmental policy. Would David Cameron, who once asked Britain to ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’, provide strong leadership on green issues, or would his Government retreat to a depressing grey zone, with green priorities consigned to the distant margins? […]

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Houses of Parliament © Paul Brocklehurst / Flickr.com Politics

Politicians: What will you do for the environment?

So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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London cityscape - old and new © Getty Images Greening the machine

Why Whitehall must change to meet tomorrow’s environmental challenges

Ever wondered how big policy decisions are made in government?  Decisions like infrastructure investments, healthcare delivery, house building – and dare I say it,  how best to protect the environment. It basically works like this: the policies of a new government are set out in the party manifesto or coalition agreement. Civil servants translate this […]

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