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Planet Earth magazine front coverPlanet Earth is a free magazine for everyone 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 - Autumn/Winter 2018 (PDF, 5.7MB)
The full magazine.

News (PDF, 1.5MB)
NERC's 2018 Impact Awards, RRS Sir David Attenborough launched, reviving iconic chalk grasslands and other stories in brief.

Staying below 1·5°C global warming (PDF, 656KB)
Findings from some of NERC's projects cited in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on 1·5°C warming, which was published in October.

Protecting biodiversity in palm oil (PDF, 907KB)
News that chocolate, bread and dried fruit all share a common ingredient with household detergents and cosmetics might sound both unlikely and unappetising. However, palm oil is used in each of these and many more everyday products.

Saving the forest on a shoestring (PDF, 917KB)
Around 80% of the Atlantic Rainforest has been lost as growers of crops like sugar cane have cleared trees to make way for plantations. But a low-cost method could help restore biodiversity.

From "trivial issue" to primetime TV: A researcher's journey through plastic (PDF, 774KB)
It is a rare TV programme that has the instant impact of David Attenborough's Blue Planet II.

The plastics journey: Where are we now? (PDF, 660KB)
While plastics have many benefits, plastic waste is a serious form of pollution, particularly in our oceans. Here we take a look at the history of plastics and where we are now.

Smoother and safer flying (PDF, 1014KB)
Flying through a patch of severe and unexpected turbulence is an unforgettable, unsettling and sometimes painful experience for tens of thousands of passengers each year.

The Goldilocks effect: Weighing the world's forests (PDF, 1009KB)
It is an old complaint: not being able to see the wood for the trees. But the grumble is being smashed thanks to a new dimension from a European Space Agency mission soon to launch.

Boosting energy potential for the UK (PDF, 749KB)
The discovery of an alternative source of oil in the Scottish Highlands could help the UK meet its spiralling energy needs.

Better cocoa crops for better livelihoods (PDF, 1.4MB)
Chocolate may be one of life's little pleasures, but in Ghana, for many, it is the very means of life.

Independent Research Fellows (PDF, 1.7MB)
Three early-career environmental scientists explain why they applied for a NERC fellowship, and talk about their science: unlocking the mysteries of life-giving microbes, keeping satellites in the sky and understanding Earth's faultlines.


Older editions

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