Category: Environment

Biosphere 2: Earth in a bottle

Image credit: Katja Schulz  Since the early 1990s Biosphere 2 has demonstrated the possibilities and shortfalls of creating a second home on Earth Completed in 1991, it took four years to create Biosphere 2,...

How does a desert form?

Discover the world’s largest deserts and why these dry (but not barren) areas exist Across vast expanses of thirsty land, silence is met with the occasional caw of a passing vulture or the howl...

The anatomy of a dolphin

Popular in human culture due to their intelligence and playfulness, dolphin species can be found all over the world, ranging in shape, size and character dramatically There are many species of dolphin ranging from...

Over the rainbow mountains

Discover the origins of the colours cascading over Peru’s iridescent Ausangate Mountain Stretching over 7,200 kilometres along the western spine of South America, the Andes is the world’s longest mountain range. It spans seven...

Wildflower meadows

Discover the wild side of meadows and how you can make your own Wildflower meadows, though vibrant and beautiful, play a vital role in maintaining pollinator populations, increasing biodiversity and providing habitats. Whether it’s...

What is a pangolin?

Find out why these scaly creatures continue to fascinate multiple cultures (Image credit: A.J.T Johnsingh) Picture a pinecone with waddling legs, or imagine a moving artichoke, and you have the general appearance of a...

Nature’s light shows

Discover the living creatures and atmospheric conditions that can create some of the most spectacular illuminations on Earth Auroras In space, charged ion and electron particles are constantly escaping from the Sun’s gravitational field...

Plant defences explained

The plant kingdom has evolved some canny ways to see off a variety of threats Leaves are vital to the survival of plants. They catch the sunlight that plants use to power food production...