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 - Autumn/Winter 2017 (PDF, 17.2MB)
The full magazine.

News (PDF, 957KB)
What's the biggest question on Earth, 3D Arctic space weather, microplastics in deep-sea creatures and other stories in brief.

Scotland seen by satellites (PDF, 2.5MB)
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has used the latest satellite technology to launch new digital maps showing the differences of the UK countryside.

Good pointers (PDF, 1.1MB)
Your smartphone knows the direction of true north thanks to the British Geological Survey operating a network of nine magnetic observatories around the world.

Meet your inner lizard (PDF, 153KB)
An ancient little lizard-like creature from the Scottish Borders is the missing ancestral link between human beings and the fish we evolved from millions of years ago.

Seals and our shores (PDF, 1.2MB)
Our relationship with seals has changed significantly over the years but now more than ever the focus is on ensuring that our survival does not threaten theirs.

Welcome to planet NERC poster (PDF, 20.1MB)
A high resolution poster for printing up to A3, showcasing NERC's science above the atmosphere, in the atmosphere, on the ground, in the oceans, at the poles and below the ground.

Our changing Arctic (PDF, 1.1MB)
The Barents Sea is a wild, dark, stormy old ocean. Who would want to be out there on a ship in January?

Solving the mystery of Shetland's tsunami sands (PDF, 1.2MB)
Shetland's wild, rugged landscape has long fascinated scientists, but for one British Geological Survey marine geologist it's the seabed around the islands that have ignited his interest.

Your tropical food trolley (PDF, 1.2MB)
Even in Scotland, your dietary and lifestyle choices will be having a real impact on people and wildlife on the other side of the planet.

Where does bad air come from? (PDF, 1MB)
Scottish moss is providing valuable information for scientists working to combat air pollution in cities and towns across the country.

UK Geoenergy Observatories (PDF, 1.1MB)
Abandoned coal mines which once revolutionised how we lived and worked might do so again in future thanks to an ambitious Scottish project.

I see seabirds (PDF, 1.4MB)
The future looks brighter for the colourful puffins on the Isle of May off the coast of Fife in Scotland, where experts are conducting one of the most comprehensive studies of seabird populations in the world.

Older editions

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