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Palm oil & chocolate

The holiday season is coming and if your family is anything like mine that means there will be a lot of chocolate given, eaten and enjoyed. Huzzah! The time of year you can eat chocolate with complete freedom, knowing that you are part of an international movement of chocolate lovers. Not that I’m obsessed with […]

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The Arctic: Vulnerable and valuable

When I think of the Arctic today, the image that comes to mind is one of vultures circling over a wounded animal. Weakened by climate change, its protective ice shield shrinking, the Arctic is vulnerable. Vulnerable and valuable, with oil, gas and mineral resources, shipping routes and fish stocks that are now within reach. I […]

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Lucky #13

On the evening of 13 November, four gunshots shattered the silence of India’s Manas National Park. The forest personnel, though feeling stressed and demoralized by the recent rise in militancy in the region, didn’t hesitate – they rushed in the direction of the gunshots. At the same time, a rhino monitoring team consisting of armed […]

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Protected areas: Bastions against deforestation fronts?

Imagine the GrĂŁo-Pará Ecological Reserve in the Amazon. Part of the world’s largest strictly protected area, the rainforest stretches seemingly forever, echoing with the sound of birds, insects and primates. Rivers tumble down waterfalls on their long, winding journeys to the sea. Then the forest gives way to open land. The trees are gone, the […]

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Living Planet Report: No more waiting for the cavalry

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, least of all me. I’m an optimist – I wouldn’t have picked a career in conservation if I thought it was a hopeless cause. But, as editor-in-chief of the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report, I have to level with you. The news isn’t […]

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What’s behind the tick tree?

You’re wheeling your trolley down the supermarket aisle – in a hurry, as usual. You grab the multi-pack of toilet paper. Your family’s preferred brand, with the familiar “tick tree” logo in the top corner. In your mind, you’ve already moved on to the next item on your list. But go back a minute. To […]

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Putting the right value on forests

Of the top 10 risks identified by the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks Perception Survey, four are environmental: water crises, failure of climate change adaptation and mitigation, more extreme weather events and food crises. As a conservationist, I might be depressed by this list. Instead, I am delighted. If WEF members – which WEF says […]

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A Conservation Career Journey with Rab Nawaz – WWF Pakistan’s Director

Conservation Career Journey with Rab Nawaz – WWF Pakistan’s Director Rab Nawaz is WWF Pakistan’s Director of the Sindh Region. Here he shares his passion for conservation, the Western Tragopan and Pakistan’s wildlife with Conservation Careers Blogger, Zehra Zawawi. “It’s a great feeling to see that in order to bring potential change sometimes all it […]

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Fresh water protection gets a big boost

Global fresh water protection: big dreams, deliberations and celebrations It’s Monday, and World Water Week in Stockholm is in full swing. The conference venue’s cafĂ© buzzes with conversation. Experts from around the world have gathered to discuss one of our most precious shared natural resources: fresh water. Together, they share ideas and hatch plans for […]

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