Adventure need not involve scaling Everest or walking the length of the Nile. It is about embarking on something unusual and daring. And while that might require flying to a far-flung destination that’s unpronounceable or completely off the radar, sometimes it’s also about simply heading somewhere close by doing something different and slightly out of your comfort zone. Below we’ve selected 50 new itineraries focused on different aspects of adventure: from walking, watersports and cycling to multi-active breaks and something a little unusual, such as a motorbiking trip and a four-wheel drive expedition. While they’re all thrilling, they’re also all eminently doable. You may wish to head out on your own, but for those who need a little help, we’ve listed some of the best adventure tour operators, including those that specialise in family and sustainable travel. Whether you’re keen on walking in Wales or going off grid … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest adventures on Earth
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With its oligarch-owned clubs, airline and automotive sponsors and lavish, over-the-top, often wasteful spending on transfers and wages, the Premier League hardly seems like the best place to start talking about sustainable living. However, in light of the recent news that the planet's continued temperature rises will, according to experts, cause "unthinkable damage" unless major changes are made to society, it would be irresponsible for one of the sporting world's most popular - and therefore influential - competitions to turn a blind eye. Not only could the multi-billion pound businesses that are Premier League clubs make an impact by changing their own practices, but the religious manner in which many fans regard and follow their club means the impact they could have is far further-reaching than the clubs' physical boundaries. Lower down the footballing pyramid, Forest Green Rovers are setting the benchmark for fighting climate change in football, and showing the bigger boys how it … [Read more...] about Why don’t Premier League clubs follow Forest Green Rovers’ example as the greenest club in the world?
The John Lewis Christmas advert for 2018 has been released, confirming the high-end High Street chain has secured Sir Elton John and his hit Your Song for their festive promotion. The release of the John Lewis ad has become a festive tradition with heartwarming tales set to classic pop tunes now a firm part of the Christmas season. This year is slightly different with no cover version, instead Sir Elton performs his own tune - and the advert tells the story of how a Christmas gift changed his life. The advert, which cost £7million to produce, follows Sir Elton through his life from the gift of a piano as a young boy, aged four. Five actors then pick up the tale as Sir Elton grows from a teenage pub and school concert performer to one of the world's biggest artists - before the ad takes us back to another four year old boy getting the present of his dreams. As the boy plays his grandma's old piano we see the now adult El;ton John with the logo “Some gifts are more than a … [Read more...] about Elton John stars in John Lewis Christmas ad for 2018
Sir David Attenborough is returning to our screens this weekend for a major new natural history series, Dynasties. Airing on BBC1 on Sunday nights at 8.30pm, this five-part programme follows on from the hugely popular Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II to explore the lives of different tribes from the animal kingdom. Each episode will take a different species in a different part of the world for its subject. The first follows a troop of chimpanzees in the jungles of Senegal and Guinea, West Africa, and the plight of its alpha male, also named David. The primate faces challenges to his leadership after three years at the helm and will have to fight to retain control. The power struggle he finds himself in is further complicated by the coming dry season, which poses new threats from forest fires and dwindling resources. Subsequent instalments follow Emperor penguins in Atka Bay in Antarctica, lions on the plains of the Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, … [Read more...] about Why Dynasties with David Attenborough is about to become your new favourite show
Top story: ‘The wolves are now in sight’ Good morning, it’s Warren Murray with the Tuesday news and views. Melting ice in Greenland disrupts the Gulf Stream current, raising sea levels and pumping heat into the Southern Ocean. There, it speeds up the loss of ice from the Antarctic. As the heat rises, more rain falls in forested regions and the wettened soil is less able to trap planet-warming methane. Ocean floors give up even more methane, heating the planet further still. We will pause there to explain this is not a sequel to The Day After Tomorrow but an illustration of what leading climate scientists fear could happen if “positive feedback loops” are allowed to take hold – by which warming temperatures release new sources of greenhouse gases or destroy the Earth’s ability to absorb carbon and reflect heat, causing a spiral into a “hothouse” world. They ask whether the planet’s temperature can stabilise at 2C above … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Are we headed for ‘hothouse’ Earth?