By now most of us have probably seen a video about a turtle with a plastic straw stick in its nose, or dead whales with bellies full of fishing nets and plastic. Plastic pollution is a huge problem across the planet, and the Arctic is no exception. Even though there are only a few people … Continue reading 27: Pollution- Chernobyl, noise and heavy metals
Over the last few years the news has been full of stories of glaciers melting, retreating and disappearing but what actually are they and why does their melting matter? Confused? Never fear, this week we shall be exploring just that! We will look back into the mists of time, question why glaciers may grow and … Continue reading 26: Glaciers and Ice Sheets
This week Notebook from the North interviewed the wonderful Sammy Mason and Siân Green all about Citizen Science, especially related to studying mammals. This includes lots of great info on camera trapping, the unusual exotic animals prowling around the British countryside, and information on how you can get involved in science without having to spend … Continue reading 25: Citizen Science with Sammy and Siân!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, snow is a really important feature of life in not only the Arctic and Antarctic, but also in high mountain areas all over the planet. It affects how people and animals can move around, can turn a beautiful hillside into a death trap and can provide a safe haven for animals and plants … Continue reading 24: Avalanches and Snow
Whilst many of the creatures that live in the Arctic are big, like polar bears and reindeer, smaller critters do exist there too. One of these is the lemming, a small hamster-like rodent that is found across tundra environments in the north. This week we’ll be learning about them, how they have a big effect … Continue reading 23: Lemmings
Earth only has a limited amount of space, and few many creatures can live in the exact same parts of it. Creatures like foxes and badgers have managed to get themselves a pretty good deal, living mostly in areas that are not too hot or too cold, and where there is food and fresh air. … Continue reading 22: Extremophiles- creatures living on the edge
The UN, the EU, the League of Nations and countless more abbreviations and grand names belong to the international collaborative bodies that have and occasionally still do exist. They do a variety of things, but one of their main jobs is to do these things beyond the scope of just one country. Many of the … Continue reading 21: The Arctic Council