Planet Earth online is the free, companion website to the award-winning magazine Planet Earth published and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Planet Earth covers news from across the environmental sciences - whether research is funded directly by NERC or is carried out by NERC's research and collaborative centres. It also covers the work of partner organisations, such as through the £1bn "Living with Environmental Change" programme.
The rapid evolution of cobra venom
A new study has provided the first comprehensive insight into how snake venom evolved into the sophisticated cocktail of different proteins it is today.
Risky behaviour more likely in male fish than female
Male stickleback fish are bolder and more willing to take risks than females, say scientists.
Changes in farming and climate hurting British moths
Britain's moths are feeling the pinch – threatened on one side by climate change and on the other by habitat loss and harmful farming methods. A new study gives the most comprehensive picture yet of trends in moth populations, ...
Sudden climate change varies from country to country
Different countries may have recovered faster than others as the last Ice Age ended, new research shows.
Abandoned landfills are polluting UK rivers
Abandoned landfill sites throughout the UK routinely leach polluting chemicals into rivers, say scientists.
Coastal defences could contribute to flooding with sea-level rise
A combination of coastal defences and rising sea levels could change typical UK tidal ranges, potentially leading to a higher risk of flooding, say scientists.
Anti-depressants disrupt fish's brains
Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say scientists.
City birds tougher than their country counterparts
Urban breeding birds appeared to cope better with the UK's cold, wet spring of 2012 than those living in woodland.
Treat sofas like electronic waste, say scientists
Waste from soft furnishings like curtains, cushions and sofas should be discarded with the same caution as electronics, say scientists.
Save the seagrass
Seagrass meadows provide the ideal place for young fish to thrive, say NERC-funded scientists researching the importance of these habitats for commercial fishing.