Our Planet

Our Planet Earth
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Our Planet is made up of many complex interconnected habitats. The recent 8 part Netflix series, produced by Silverback Films in conjunction with the Worldwide Fund for Nature and narrated by David Attenborough, is the first major TV series to focus on the unprecedented man-made threat to the environment of our planet and the need to take urgent measures to protect the Earth, its people and its biodiversity. This gallery and its companions, organised by 7 major habitats, illlustrate some of the themes and issues raised in the series and explore their wider ecosystems.
Coastal Seas
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Coastal seas represent one of the richest aquatic communities on earth, with a tremendous variety of animal and plant species. This habitat is particularly vulnerable to threats from pollution, development and, especially, over-fishing.
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Forests are vital to the health of our planet, as their trees are able to store carbon dioxide. They also provide a home to an amazing range of animal and plant species, living in a fragile equilibrium. After centuries of deforestation, woodland cover is actually increasing in many temperate regions, but forests remain vulnerable to climate change, and 2018 saw unprecedented numbers of wild fires in many regions of the world. They remain resilient however, as the regenerating forests around the former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in Ukraine prove.
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Freshwater is the most precious resource on the planet,as all life is dependent on it. But rivers and wetlands worldwide, with their rich and varied animal and plant life, are especially vulnerable to pollution, climate change, water extraction and development.
Grasslands and Deserts
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Grasslands are home to the planet's largest mammals, but are particularly at risk due human population pressure, development for agriculture and desertification due to rising global temperatures. Grassland animals require space and many species, such as wildebeest, bison and saiga antelope, range over large territories and undertake impressive migrations in search of food and water.
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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The oceans are the largest and least explored habitat on the planet, home to a bewildering and bizarre array of creatures from microscopic phytoplankton to the world's largest mammal, the blue whale, and the strange bioluminescent creatures which inhabit the deep seas. Many marine species are adversely affected by plastic pollution, with albatrosses especially under threat. The main pressure on the ocean ecosystem, however, comes from over-fishing.
Our Planet Book
4 Apr 2019 12:00 am
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The photographic companion to the groundbreaking Netflix series. Our gallery contains images used in the book, published by Bantam Press, and related material covering the places, subject and issues discussed in the book. The main argument of the book is that the life on Earth faces urgent threats due to human activity in the last 50 years, but that the solutions to the problem also lie in our hands.
Polar Regions
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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The polar regions and their uniquely adapted wildlife are particularly at risk from climate change and global warming, as this previously frozen world starts to thaw. In the Arctic the lack of pack ice makes the survival of species such as polar bear and walrus more difficult, whilst rising sea temperatures and melting ice sheets in Antarctica threaten the breeding grounds of penguins and seals and the populations of fish and marine invertebrates on which they depend for food.
21 May 2019 12:00 am
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Rainforests or Jungles are home to a staggering variety of animal and plant species, many of them little studied and undocumented. The proportion of endangered species in rainforests is especially high, with primates, frogs and parrots of great concern. The main threat to rainforests comes from deforestation for development and agriculture. Millions of hectares of virgin rainforest have been cleared to create palm oil plantations, pushing species such as the Sumatran orangutan to the brink of extinction.
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