Planet Earth magazine

Planet Earth magazine front coverPlanet Earth is a free magazine for everyone with an interest in environmental science.

The latest edition of the magazine is available to view below, along with an archive of older editions.

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Latest edition

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

Planet Earth - Spring/Summer 2017 (PDF, 5.1MB)
The full magazine.

News (PDF, 1.3MB)
What is biodiversity, how wild birds appear to cope with loss, monitoring volcanoes from space and other stories in brief.

Making clean growth happen (PDF, 622KB)
Planet Earth Editor Sylvie Kruiniger looks at how cutting-edge environmental research supports the growth of the UK economy.

Do neonicotinoids have a sting in their tail? (PDF, 716KB)
Wayne Coles, Media Relations Officer at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, explores recent research into neonicotinoid pesticides and bees.

UK's most wanted... (PDF, 1.4MB)
Invasive non-native species coming soon to an ecosystem near you?

Green and Black Ambassadors (PDF, 650KB)
Tackling inequality in Bristol, a NERC-funded project aims to connect black and minority ethnic groups with environmental researchers.

Down in the bottom of the deep blue sea (PDF, 1.4MB)
Deep sea covers most of our planet and yet we know more about the surface of the moon than its dark depths.

Citizen science: It makes you feel good! (PDF, 698KB)
Every day, people across the UK head out into the natural world armed with smartphones, or simply a notepad, to record and monitor our changing wildlife.

Biodiversity detectives! (PDF, 671KB)
Take a look at some of the amazing techniques scientists use to follow nature's clues.

Angels and demons: Protecting the devil ray (PDF, 574KB)
Jane Hosegood at Bangor University tells us about her role in protecting devil rays by helping to develop genetic tools to catch out illegal traders.

How to bring your garden to life (PDF, 831KB)
Could your garden be a vital frontline in the battle to protect and promote biodiversity?

Older editions

View the Planet Earth archive to download and read older editions of the magazine.