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Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

Green turtle

When I picture my father’s time in the South Pacific, I see turtles. In 1952 my father, a Royal Navy Surgeon, was present at Britain’s first atomic bomb test in the sea off western ...

2 Oct 2016
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The Three Most Important Questions


The first step to achieving a goal is committing to it. Here are the three ways I identify a worthy challenge. This week a local conservation agency asked me to take on an issue ...

28 Jul 2016
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Sponsorship that kills

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It boggles my mind that companies are still sponsoring shark hunting. Last month, a major automobile company in the US offered a new luxury pickup truck to the person who could catch a record-sized ...

19 Jul 2016
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If we want to save Antarctica, we must build bridges

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Have you ever watched a bridge being built? It is fascinating. I lived on the Thames while the Millennium Bridge was under construction. The engineers didn’t start from one bank and progress towards the ...

8 Jul 2016
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You can be courageous or comfortable


Life is not predictable. But exercising courage, and having the courage of your convictions, can help you weather the worst storms. I’ve been campaigning for Antarctica’s Ross Sea to be declared a Marine Protected ...

5 Jun 2016
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21 tips for a successful Channel swim


Want to swim the English Channel? Here are my 21 tips for a successful crossing: 1. Find the best coach in town. Make sure he / she suits your personality and most importantly, believes ...

15 Jan 2016
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My open letter to President Putin


London 4 October 2015 Dear President Putin London taxi drivers have a wonderful name for the crossroads outside the Royal Geographical Society. They call it the ‘hot and cold corner’, because of two statues ...

4 Oct 2015
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What would Nansen do?


She is no conventional beauty. But she is the strongest little ship I’ve ever seen. I felt so alive, standing in Oslo’s Fram Museum, looking up at the famous polar vessel. It thrilled me ...

8 Aug 2015
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One Crucial Decision We Can’t Put on Ice

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The Ross Ice Shelf is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. It rose straight up out of the Bay of Whales, the world’s southernmost body of water. Strong winds rushed over its cliffs, ...

13 May 2015
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Lewis Pugh sets sights on Russia


Renowned British endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has today completed the final swim of his five swim challenge to champion the need for the conservation of the Ross Sea ...

6 Mar 2015
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