Planet Earth stories
The term 'living fossil' was coined by Darwin and has since been applied to various species that appear not to have changed for millions of years. But when Africa Gómez and colleagues took a closer look at tadpole shrimps they concluded we should ditch the term for good.
19 Dec 2014
These days we can get a prescription for many infections, but what happens when you have more than one at a time? Emily Griffiths explains how we can look at co-infection in a way that could help us devise more effective treatments.
28 Nov 2014
This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Richard Fox of Butterfly Conservation and Tom Oliver of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology explain how records of millions of moths, citizen science and expert analysis are showing that populations of large moths are under increasing pressure.
25 Nov 2014
This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Jamie Stevens and Josie Paris of the University of Exeter explain how some fish have adapted to heavily polluted rivers in southwest England.
11 Nov 2014
As the floods that struck Britain in early 2014 made all too clear, heavy rain can be bad news for homes, businesses and the environment. Tom Marshall found out how the British Geological Survey is helping housebuilders control flooding while saving money.
7 Nov 2014
The after effects of the 2010 red mud spill that threatened to poison great swathes of the Hungarian countryside have turned out to be far less harmful than scientists originally feared.
3 Nov 2014
This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Stephan Wolf of Queen Mary, University of London, and Jason Lim of Rothamsted Research explain why some honeybees may be struggling to make it back to the hive after foraging trips.
28 Oct 2014