Monthly Archives: November 2017

I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas […]

The Uninhabitable Earth

Ladybird Spider There are many, many different kinds of spiders. Think about all the different spiders you see. You find them in your homes, in your garden, hanging out on your house, just about everywhere. Spiders live in all kinds of habitats, from Australia to the northern coast of Greenland. […]


Snakes must rely on their surroundings to control their body temperature. So, in the heat of the summer, where do you think they go? They head underground or crawl into cool spaces or into areas with lots of vegetation. This keeps them cool in the heat of the day. On […]


Bats are mammals. Like most mammals, including people, bats have fur, grow up inside their moms, are born live, and drink milk from their mothers’ bodies. Bats belong to a special group of flying mammals called Chiroptera (Ki-ROP-ter-a). This word is Greek for “hand-wing.” Bats actually fly with a modified hand.


Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates. Most lay eggs, have scales and breathe through lungs. Snakes, lizards and crocodiles are all types of reptile.


One person’s creepy critter is another person’s favorite animal….. They make you jump, they make you scream, but they all play an important part in the ecosystem. What are they? They’re the critters that people avoid. I’m not too fond of ticks. My buddy hates leeches. My classmate doesn’t like […]

Creepy Critter Feature

Insects are invertebrates. Their bodies are divided into a head, a thorax, and abdomen. They also have three pairs of jointed legs and usually two pairs of wings.


A fish is a cold-blooded animal that lives and breathes underwater. Fish typically have scales, gills, fins, and a streamlined body. They include very small fish, big fish, and all sharks.


A bird is a warm-blooded, egg-laying, winged vertebrate that has a body covered with feathers. They come in all sizes and live on every continent.


Amphibians are cold-blooded, smooth-skinned vertebrates. Most live some of their life in water and some on land. The most common amphibian critter is a frog but there are many others.


There was once a little grey planet that was very sad. The people living there hadn’t looked after it, despite them having all the inventions and space ships you could ever need. They had contaminated the whole countryside so much with rubbish and pollution that there were no plants or animals […]

The Red Moon