Planet Earth magazine
Planet Earth is a free magazine for everyone with an interest in environmental science.
The latest edition of the magazine is available to view below, along with an archive of older editions.
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PDF documents of each article (or the entire magazine) are available to download below.
Planet Earth - 2020 Issue 1 (PDF, 11.6MB)
The full magazine.
Planet Earth - 2019 Issue 1 (PDF, 26.1MB)
The full magazine.
News (PDF, 2.1MB)
Plastics glued together in the ocean, clearer forecast for allergy sufferers, scientists drill to record depths in West Antarctica and other stories in brief.
The Arctic (PDF, 2.7MB)
The Arctic is beautiful and awe-inspiring. It is also a vital element of the Earth's climate system, helping to regulate global temperatures.
RRS Sir David Attenborough (PDF, 1·7MB)
Once you have set eyes on the RRS Sir David Attenborough, you won't forget her. Measuring in at 129m and weighing 10,400 tonnes, the ship will push the boundaries of polar science and exploration.
Following the ocean's flow (PDF, 473KB)
The exact nature of the water's movement in the Atlantic Ocean is unknown. Until now it has been impossible to test the various theories put forward by scientists, but now climate scientists have been able to do just that thanks to NERC research ships.
Cliffs, clams and coral reefs: Looking below the sea's surface (PDF, 832KB)
Biologists have decoded the human genome, geographers have mapped every mountain range and astronomers have named every object visible in the night sky. Yet when it comes to understanding the ocean floor, marine geoscientists are still largely in the dark.
Copepods: The unsung heroes of the ocean (PDF, 776KB)
We all know the amazing job that bees and birds, as pollinators, do for the planet. But have you heard about the humble copepod?
From childhood ambition to ocean explorer: Looking back on a life at sea (PDF, 10.7MB)
Over the years, Katrin Linse has explored unvisited areas of ocean floor. She's discovered new ecosystems and described weird and wonderful species and even had the honour of having some named after her.
What happened to Helike? (PDF, 855KB)
There is little to see today of Helike, just a few walls and artefacts scraped clean by archaeologists. The great Greek city, famed across the classical world, sunk into the coastal mud of the Gulf of Corinth in 373 BC during a terrible earthquake.
View the Planet Earth archive to download and read older editions of the magazine.