There are organisms on Earth that don’t need sunlight to survive, some don’t even need oxygen, but all living things on this green and blue planet need water.
This need for water isn’t a problem when your environment has an abundance of it, but for those in drier climates they have had to adapt more inventive ways to survive, with some lizards being able to drink water simply by touching it.
Australia is facing one of the most destructive and catastrophic bushfire seasons in the past decade. Peoples lives have been taken and so many are still in danger, over 1.25 billion animals are estimated to have been lost since the fires started in September, plant biodiversity is rapidly being lost and the landscape will be scarred. The devastation is evident and the crisis is ongoing, but you are not helpless – here is how you can help.
… and not about oxygen at all! Over the past few weeks satellite images released by Brazil’s space agency have shown the shocking deforestation by blazing fires, but misconceptions are spreading just as quickly as the fires. Although losing the Amazon would be an unspeakable tragedy, we should be all be concerned for reasons other than fear of impending suffocation.
Malaria infects over 200 million people each year and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths, with mosquitoes becoming insecticide resistant and questions being raised on how insecticides could impact human health, what are our next steps?
It has been just over a year since the Wrap Plastic pact launched in the UK, has it changed how industrial giants approach single-use plastics, and how is this impacting the UK’s involvement in plastic pollution?
Have you ever wondered how hawks can react to their preys movements with such lightning speed, or how frustrating it must be to move as slow as a sloth? Research shows that each animal actually perceive time moving on different scales, so is relative to the creature.
The standard process of invertebrate growth is that when you have matured and reached adulthood your skeletal system becomes static, and you stay roughly the same size. Although this is generally true, there are some animals that pay no attention to this way of growth and can actually shrink and grow in the space of months – incredible!
I’m very excited to say that this article features beautiful illustrations by the wonderful and hugely talented illustrator Holly Astle! Thank you for reading and be sure to check out her links at the end of this (quite long) article.
Walking along some famous beaches or swimming in certain oceans, you will see your footsteps glow in the sand, or the ocean light up with flashes of light as you swim through. This natural phenomenon is called bioluminescence and has captured the imagination of humans for many years. I have been lucky enough to swim with bioluminescent plankton myself, and it got me thinking about how this wonderful quirk of nature has evolved. Read More »