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Forests: Unlikely Hero of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The theme this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which promises hyper-connectivity and technological breakthroughs. But will a faster, busier, more urban world simply sidestep the world’s wild places and natural systems? The answer: it must not. Nature, including forests, is more important to this revolution than the most […]

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Water in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Strange as it may appear, I cannot hide my excitement to read in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 global risk report the great emphasis on the risks posed by climate change. Quoting WEF, the top finding is “the potential for climate change to exacerbate water crises, with impacts including conflict and more forced migration, calling […]

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The Great Transition

The 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting follows an extraordinary year with the first-ever truly global response to some of the most challenging problems in our relationship with the planet. The “Anthropocene” made headlines earlier this month, as scientists presented further evidence that we have entered a new era in Earth’s history – one in […]

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Looking beneath the surface

Much is made of what we don’t know about the ocean. In many ways, it remains impenetrable and mysterious, even in today’s technological era. This is why, perhaps, we continue to be so deeply fascinated and inspired by its might. Through studies produced by WWF and other organizations, as well as expert meetings like the […]

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Caring for our common home

As His Holiness Pope Francis said in my home city of Quito earlier this month, “God gave the Earth to humanity not only to cultivate but also to nurture”. The message is clear: when the Earth thrives, we thrive with it. Both as President of one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, WWF International, and […]

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Defending World Heritage

This week government representatives have gathered together in Bonn, Germany for the annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee. Established under the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this 21-member body is charged with bestowing World Heritage status on the relatively few cultural and natural places recognized as having outstanding universal value to all […]

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FROM TIGERS TO MARINE CONSERVATION – 10 Years On!

Will Maclennan, UK – one of the four first volunteer interns selected for an assignment with WWF’s Youth Volunteer Internship Programme when it was created in 2005… I got my degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen in June 2004 and since then I have not looked back. Today I am a senior marine environmental scientist at […]

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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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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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