Planet Earth magazine

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 - Spring/Summer 2018 (PDF, 7.8MB)
The full magazine.

News (PDF, 1.4MB)
Come to Operation Earth, predicting deadly landslides with WhatsApp, the curse of zombie fossils and other stories in brief.

On the way to plastic-free oceans (PDF, 608KB)
On a ship in the middle of the North Atlantic, thousands of miles from land, looking for microplastics.

How cities draw the heat (PDF, 623KB)
The death toll from the 2003 summer heatwave spurred the UK government to improve a nationwide heatwave warning system using scientific research from NERC.

Helping species on the move (PDF, 688KB)
Working out where species will thrive in future as global warming pushes them north seeking cooler places, and key habitat is lost as industries and housing spread, is a serious problem.

Investigating Thwaites Glacier (PDF, 1.8MB)
A poster infographic displaying the science and technology being used to investigate what's causing ice loss at Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica and how it will impact global sea levels.

Building a wind farm out at sea (PDF, 600KB)
Mapping the seabed off the northeast coast of the UK to help find the best site for future offshore wind energy developments.

Securing the UK's natural carbon storage (PDF, 806KB)
NERC is funding research to find out how land and sea could be managed to safeguard its carbon stores, as well as the people and wildlife relying on it for survival.

Skin of the Earth (PDF, 715KB)
It might be easy to dismiss the earth beneath our feet as just so much dirt, but without it humankind would not exist. How do we keep people fed as populations explode and good farmland dwindles?

Mining for answers in the ocean's archives (PDF, 1MB)
With a death toll of more than 250,000 people, the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 was one of the most devastating disasters of recent history. In 2016, a scientific expedition investigated where it all began - in the seabed.

How much time is left to meet the Paris climate agreement? (PDF, 1.2MB)
The Paris climate agreement provides a rallying call to nations to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C above the pre-industrial period. How much time is left before we reach the Paris warming targets?


The following article appeared in a special Hay Festival edition of Planet Earth:

Five minutes with the Trans.MISSION artists and scientists (PDF, 850KB)
Hay Festival and NERC have joined forces for the first time to launch Trans.MISSION, a project pairing leading scientists with award-winning artists to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences.


Older editions

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