Planet Earth stories
There are 66 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Ecology".
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- 1. Trees of the sea share their secrets
Coralline algae are found on nearly every shore in the world and could be holding important clues to climate change. Kelvin Boot explores.
- 2. Citizen science: The people behind the data
From the UK Ladybird Survey to the Big Bumblebee Discovery, volunteer field workers are helping to answer some of science's big questions.
- 3. An eye in the sky
Mapping what lives in the British countryside means spending hours tramping through bogs, up and down hills and through some of our most rugged landscapes. Tom Marshall found out how drones are helping.
- 4. Invasive 'super ant' species taking hold in the UK
An invasion of Asian 'super ants' is taking hold faster than ever in the UK, new research has found.
- 5. Living highways
A new project aims to make Sheffield a better place to live by attracting more plants and animals to its roadside verges. Tom Marshall spoke to those involved.
- 6. A dose of nature
What do you get when you cross ecology with psychotherapy? Quite possibly you end up with profound benefits for people's wellbeing - and for the health of the NHS. Dan Bloomfield explains why for many chronically ill or isolated people help could lie just beyond their front door.
- 7. NERC and M&S - The science of sustainable retail
Dr Claire Quinn's job is to help ensure UK food and clothing retailer Marks & Spencer gets access to the scientific knowledge it needs. Tom Marshall finds out how her knowledge exchange Fellowship has been an enlightening experience on both sides.
- 8. Science in action: Watching the birds
How the UK's birds of prey were saved from the malign effects of 20th-century pesticides is a great example of scientific detective work - and it also shows the immense value of monitoring the natural environment over long periods. Tom Marshall tells the story.
- 9. Plain wonderful
Covering an area the size of the Isle of Wight, Salisbury Plain contains the largest military training area in the UK and the largest single expanse of chalk grassland in Western Europe. John Redhead explains how this sometimes turbulent landscape provides both a conservation challenge and some unique habitats for wildlife.
- 10. Ocean acidification - How will marine life cope?
CO2 emissions are making the oceans more acidic. We're still not sure what this will do to marine life, but in many places the result's unlikely to be good. Jason Hall-Spencer describes his efforts to understand the impact by investigating places where the gas bubbles naturally from the seabed.
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