Category: Environment

Why do glaciers retreat?

Find out how some of Earth’s most impressive frozen features are disappearing (Image credit: ArtTower/Pixabay) Glaciers form in areas of snowfall where conditions are cold enough to allow snow to lie until it has frozen into...

Deadly Paradise: Madidi National Park

What makes Madidi National Park one of the most diverse yet dangerous places in the world? Image credit: Getty Images In 1981, young Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg set off into an uncharted area of...

The impact of cattle farming

With over a billion cows populating our planet and thousands of years of bovine breeding, how is the world changing? (Image source: Pixabay) Cows have been providing products for us for millennia, and are more...

Why do flies buzz?

It’s this persistent hum that alerts us to their presence, but what makes these tiny insects fly with such a racket? Image source: Pixabay You’ll usually hear them before you see them. Acting as...

9 facts about dogs

Our best friends are full of surprises, from super-powered noses that can smell illness to dogs that use the subway to get around. Here’s fifteen facts about our canine counterparts

How to tell what a cat is thinking

These sociable animals communicate with each other both verbally and visually, but how can we learn to think cat? (Image source: Pixabay) As one of the world’s most popular pets, there are more than...

Nature’s weirdest defense mechanisms

How can animals turn their bodies into weapons? (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Defence mechanisms are the ways in which animals have evolved to protect themselves against danger. There are many ways they can do...

10 of the most poisonous plants on Earth

10 Credit: Jason Hollinger Manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella) Native: Central America Few poisonous plants can infect their victims by a simple touch. Laced with a cocktail of poisons, this tree’s sap will cause irritation...

How do coral reefs form?

Corals are team players, collaborating to build the largest living structures on Earth Image source: Pixabay Covering just 0.1 per cent of the world’s surface, coral reefs are home to around 25 per cent...