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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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Silent Skies?

I have always loved birds and was delighted to be asked to write a few words about this year’s World Migratory Bird Day. The only problem being that I was so busy watching migratory birds over our long Ascension weekend (as May is THE month when the bulk of the spring migrants pass), that I […]

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High stakes for the high seas

The large meeting room at the United Nations room was full to the point of bursting as governments, assisted by NGOs and other groups, gathered to start developing the first new treaty for oceans in over 20 years. As the European Union representative placed the Easter bunny on the table – it was Easter Monday, […]

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Of flows and forests

Sometimes it takes a coincidence of the calendar to help us see the obvious connections in nature. 21 March is International Day of Forests and 22 March is World Water Day, which prompted WWF’s leading freshie (Lifeng Li, director of our global freshwater programme) and head tree hugger (Rod Taylor, director of our global forest […]

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Sharks without borders

In November last year, I spent three very nervous weeks glued to a parcel courier website watching the tortuous journey my passport was making around the world. I was due to travel to Bali to attend the annual meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to advocate shark and ray conservation measures, but […]

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