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When water efficiency increases water risk: the need for context-based water targets

© Istockphoto.com / WWF-Canada Shared water challenges in agriculture Few places on Earth illustrate shared water challenges and water risk like California’s Central Valley. The fertile valley, endowed with extensive groundwater supplies, also harnesses the snowpack and rivers of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and combines with extensive sunshine to create one of the most important […]

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Battle to save the threshers

I saw my first thresher shark back in 2013, 30 metres below the surface of the Visayan Sea, as night turned to day above. An hour earlier my now wife and I had boarded an outrigger in the dark with other excited divers on the sleepy island of Malapascua in the central Philippines, and headed […]

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About elephants… and history lessons

It was 1986 when I boarded a flight to Tanzania and Botswana to write an article about the elephant crisis for the Italian equivalent of National Geographic. Yes, we have been here before. In the 80s we lived through the first dramatic post-colonial wave of elephant poaching. The demand back then was driven by different countries, […]

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

When surveying people’s favourite sea creatures, sharks are nearly always at the top of the list. Many more sophisticated ocean animal lovers may also champion the wonders of the massive manta ray. Very few, however, are likely to include the manta’s smaller and more elusive cousins, devil rays, among their top marine treasures. As someone […]

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The challenge: can smart investment make sustainable development a reality?

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the international community has worked toward a shared vision of sustainable development. Now, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) member states have committed their highest level of political will to ensuring that human well-being is advanced within the planet’s ecological boundaries. Yet if the […]

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Better cotton, better lives

Umul Baneen is a hard-working woman from Maqboolabad, a rural town in the heart of Punjab in Pakistan’s cotton-growing region. I had the pleasure to meet her and her husband, and hear their story as part of my work as coordinator for WWF’s Sustainable Cotton Initiative. This work aims to improve the lives and livelihoods […]

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Will the real New Beer Co please stand up?

Last year it was announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev (the world’s largest beer company) would purchase SABMiller (the second largest) for US$106 billion. The company that emerges from this takeover – once brands are sold off and regulatory commissions give the OK – will not only amount to the largest beverage company, but also the most […]

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Water crises: when risks become real

My country, Zambia, doesn’t make international news very often. But recently, from The New York Times, to Al Jazeera to Bloomberg, Zambia is in the headlines. Once the fastest growing economy in Africa, Zambia’s economic growth projections have now been halved. Businesses and communities are suffering, and the government has now reached out to the […]

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Consumer goods: slow road to sustainability

With 2.5 billion more people joining the consuming class in the next few decades, we must address the increasing demand for “soft commodities” – the raw materials that go into our food, personal care products, clothes, and even energy. A healthy planet requires sustainable production and consumption. Today, many soft commodities like palm oil, soy, […]

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Women work to clear weeds in Mahila Jagaran, Nepal © James Morgan / WWF-US

Small business solutions to a big problem

The world’s governments have committed to end deforestation by 2020 and many global companies are following suit by making their supply chains deforestation free.  But what happens in areas where global businesses are absent?  And what role can small and medium enterprises play in solving deforestation? © James Morgan / WWF-US Nepal is a clear […]

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