Category: Environment

What is a weather bomb?

Learn how intense low-pressure systems drop severe weather on us When a storm hits, meteorologists may refer to it as a weather bomb, but this isn’t just a dramatic name given to all severe...

The lives of woodpeckers

Discover how these boisterous birds are built to eat, make nests and communicate by whacking on wood Woodpeckers are a very successful animal family. Over 180 species of these distinctive birds are found worldwide,...

6 ways you can reduce your plastic waste

1. Try zero-waste shopping Rather than picking a pre-filled plastic bag from a shelf, try bringing your own bags and opting for loose fruit, vegetables and bread. Some ‘zero-waste’ supermarkets also allow you to...

What are the different types of frost?

From ground, air and hoar frost to the subtle differences between rime and glaze Ground frost Image credit: herbythyme When the surface of the ground, objects or trees has a temperature below zero degrees...

The eyes of animals

Ever wondered why sheep have oblong pupils and foxes have cat-like slits? It’s all to do with lifestyle The pupil is the opening in the eye’s iris that lets in light. It appears black...

Top 5 amazing caves

Delve deep underground and explore some of the planet’s hidden natural wonders 1. Hang Son Doong Cave Location: Quang Binh Province, Vietnam (Image credit: Dave Bunnell) The world’s largest cave was only discovered in...

Heroes of Environment: Jane Goodall

The woman who went to live with chimpanzees From a very young age, Jane Goodall showed a natural fascination for animals and their behaviour. When she was just five years old she went missing...

The future of smart roads

One stretch of highway has been transformed into a test-bed for cutting-edge road technologies Motorways around the world are being tested to the limit. With more vehicles on the roads than ever before and new technologies changing...

Life in Death Valley

What’s behind this desert’s springtime ‘super bloom’ floral phenomenon? Deep within the Mojave Desert sits one of the hottest environments on our planet. The hostile Death Valley is over 13,500 square kilometres of sunken...