Planet Earth stories
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- 1. Unlocking the mysteries of life giving microbes
As part of a series of interviews with new NERC Independent Research Fellows, Katherine Helliwell tells us about what motivated her to apply for the scheme and the benefits of getting to grips with phytoplankton.
- 2. 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.
- 3. Wonderstuff
Dave Reay explores the tangled web of nitrogen and global climate change.
- 4. The human epoch
Humans have only been part of Earth's history for the blink of a geological eye, but in that time we have made a profound mark on the planet. Fifty years ago we were starting to realise the extent of our influence; today we are debating whether it has moved Earth into a new geological epoch. Alex Peel explains what's behind the concept.
- 5. What's past is prologue
Two former chief executives tell us what they valued most about their time at NERC and how they've seen the environmental science landscape change.
- 6. NERC then and now
The past may be a foreign country, but when it comes to the ancient history of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) it's one that feels oddly like home. As part of the events to mark NERC's 50th anniversary, Tom Marshall spent a stint in the archives. He describes what it revealed about the organisation's early years.
- 7. A model approach
The Met Office also celebrates a 50th anniversary this year - their first numerical weather prediction was in 1965. Their chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo shares her perspective on developments in weather, climate and environmental-change research since then.
- 8. Ship noise puts fish in danger
Noise made by passing ships stops eels from using their survival instincts, say NERC-supported scientists investigating the effects of man-made noise on fish.
- 9. Breakthrough in understanding swarming potato blight spores
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how microbial spores, which caused the infamous Irish potato famine are so successful at infecting plants.
- 10. Water treatment could be carbon neutral
Carbon dioxide released by some wastewater treatment plants could be recycled at the same time as enhancing the production of renewable energy in the form of natural gas, say scientists.
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