Planet Earth Online – Features & Special Reports

  • Diving for science
    What's it like to take part in an intensive course training the scientific divers of the future? Read more »
  • Living highways
    How a new project's making Sheffield a better place to live by attracting more plants and animals to its roadside verges. Read more »
  • A century of UK coastal flooding
    Introducing SurgeWatch, a new database of coastal floods that's set to transform our understanding of how and why these destructive events happen - and of how to limit the damage. Read more »
  • The rise of the mammals
    An asteroid strike put an end to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, making way for mammals to thrive - that much we know. But how exactly did our ancestors make it to the top? An unassuming fossil holds some of the answers. Read more »
  • Changing channels
    Scientists agree: European flood damages will increase dramatically in the coming decades. And as extreme rainfall happens again and again, some places will be hit harder than others. So why are some areas becoming more prone to flooding, while others aren't? Read more »
  • 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… Read more »
  • Amphibians under threat
    Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders look like hardy creatures and anyone observing a pond full of frogspawn could be forgiven for thinking their future was secure. But several emerging diseases are attacking the world's amphibians, sometimes with devastating results - and we're just starting to understand the extent of the… Read more »
  • Bouncing towards an ice-free summer
    One warm year and we're told an Arctic without sea ice is just around the corner; the next cold one and it's claimed the ice is recovering. Arctic melting will continue to be erratic for the foreseeable future - but the overall trend is only heading one way. Read more »
  • A dose of nature
    What do you get when you cross ecology with psychotherapy? Quite possibly you end up with profound benefits for people's wellbeing - and for the health of the NHS. Read more »
  • Looking to the future of conservation
    We can't know for sure what threats to biodiversity are going to arise. But some scientists have had their eye on the future for some time, and they're trying to bring conservation into the 21st century. Read more »