Planet Earth magazine

Planet Earth magazine front coverPlanet Earth is a free magazine aimed at non-specialists - policymakers, businesspeople and members of the public with an interest in environmental science.

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Latest edition

PDF documents of each article (or the entire magazine) are available to download below.

Planet Earth - Winter 2016-17 (PDF, 4.6MB)
The full magazine.

News (PDF, 845KB)
African swamp locks in 30 billion tonnes of carbon, ice melt impact on Arctic Ocean, 2016 was the world's hottest year on record and other stories in brief.

Winter 2015-16 floods among worst in 100 years (PDF, 498KB)
A new scientific review of the winter floods of 2015-16 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events in a century.

Is climate change causing more UK floods? (PDF, 525KB)
Nick Reynard, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's (CEH) science area lead for natural hazards, reports.

Managing flooding by working with nature (PDF, 593KB)
The government recently announced £15 million for natural flood management initiatives. What are these initiatives?

Groundwater: The threat beneath our feet (PDF, 651KB)
Groundwater is the ultimate invisible asset, it supports key ecosystems and meets the water needs of millions, but it can also pose a potential flood risk.

Flooding poster (PDF, 1.2MB)
What causes flooding and what are we doing to prevent it?

Flash Flood! Environmental science in virtual reality (PDF, 560KB)
Scientists have developed a new game that lets you experience a flash flood.

Have we opened the floodgates on antimicrobial resistance? (PDF, 552KB)
'Combined sewage outflows' could cause us to come into contact with drug-resistant bacteria at the beach.

A view on the coast (PDF, 557KB)
How the iCOASST project is helping to reveal what the next hundred years could hold for coastal flooding and erosion.

On the road to resilience in Ethiopia (PDF, 941KB)
In the vital fields of flood prevention and water supply, roads offer incredible potential to enhance and enrich the lives of some of the world's poorest people.

Trees of the sea share their secrets (PDF, 1003KB)
Coralline algae are found on nearly every shore in the world and could be holding important clues to climate change.

Revealing the UK's hidden depths (PDF, 505KB)
Underneath the Earth's surface lies a wealth of resources. But will the way we currently use them give us problems in the future?

Flooding by numbers (PDF, 666KB)
Statistics showing how NERC flooding science saves lives, homes and businesses.

Older editions

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