Heavy rain and strong winds could lead to travel disruption this weekend, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for parts of England and Wales. The Met Office has warned of 'persistent' rain and a risk of flooding across the north west and south west of England and Wales from 6pm on Saturday to 5pm on Sunday. Some areas could see as much as 70mm of rain, equivalent to three weeks of the September average of 96mm. Heavy downpours this morning in Horwich, Greater Manchester, caused drains to overflow and flood the road A cyclist braved the wet and blustery conditions in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, this morning, as the UK is hit by 50mph gales Stormy seas smash over the 'Monkey Hut' Portreath, West Cornwall, which is experiencing strong gales today The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of England and Wales with heavy rain and strong winds predicted The bad weather follows on from an unsettled Friday, which saw a water spout form near the Isle of … [Read more...] about Up to three weeks’ worth of rain is set to fall in parts of UK this weekend with 50mph gale-force winds as Met Office issues weather warnings for heavy downpours and flooding
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As night fell, a lighthouse beam caught my eye as it flickered across the sea from Amble. I folded away the seaside cabin’s mini-table, switched off the radio and stepped out on to the porch, waiting for my eyes to adjust to a night sky packed with stars. It was spellbinding. The north-east coast, with its castles, characters and legends, has magic everywhere, and miles of long beaches on which to contemplate it all. My wife, Mim, and I had travelled by train to Alnmouth for a car-free weekend getaway, with the historic coastal village as our base (a 20-minute stroll from the station). We’d soon settled in, sitting on the cabin’s steps to drink tea and eat bacon rolls while listening to the sea, not crashing but idling. Within a few hours, a spell had been cast, and cares packed away, replaced by fresh air and relaxation. But as much as it offers a welcome chance to do nothing, this coast is also rich in places to visit: Bamburgh and its castle, the Farne Islands for … [Read more...] about King of the castles: a cabin stay on Northumberland’s mighty coast
SWITZERLAND Nendaz This delightful old Valais village, with its timber houses, barns and grain stores, is part of the Quatre Vallées ski region, made up of Verbier, Veysonnaz, Nendaz and Thyon. There’s 412km of pistes, plus 12km of cross-country ski trails, 100km of winter hiking trails and 40km of snowshoe tracks. So even if you don’t do downhill skiing or snowboarding there’s plenty for you. Be sure to check out the glacier on Mont-Fort, from where the view encompasses peaks including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Experts skiers won’t be disappointed by the challenges, with seven marked freeride areas that include Eteygeon and Plan-du-Fou, and the deserted descent at the back of Mont-Fort.By train: 9¾ hours Depart London St Pancras on the 06.18 Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord; change to Paris Gare de Lyon and take the 11.56 TGV to Lausanne and then take the 15.50 InterRegio train to Sion, arriving at 16.57. From there it’s 25 minutes by bus or … [Read more...] about 20 of the best Alps ski resorts by train
The pledge by International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is bold, in the context of a global aviation industry that has been accused of reacting slowly to the climate crisis. But someone needed to set an example. The onus to act is clear: although aviation’s current share of total carbon emissions is less than 2.5%, its share is projected to grow rapidly. This is even before factoring in the more onerous effects of emissions at altitude, and the warming effect of aircraft contrails. Yet airlines remain in a bind. While other sectors have clear, achievable methods of decarbonising, aviation struggles to see a route ahead – bar the fraught, unsatisfactory system of offsetting. The energy sector, the previous chief emitter ahead of transport, has rapidly found cleaner alternatives to coal. Within the transport sector, those sustainable forms of energy could transform much of road usage. But battery or hydrogen power … [Read more...] about BA’s early dive into carbon offsetting gives it an edge in the climate PR battle
For many people, this weekend could be their first experience of protest, whether on the anti-Brexit march today or as part of Extinction Rebellion’s rolling campaign. But what about those willing to go further and be arrested? Extinction Rebellion launched a wave of civil disobedience on 7 October to highlight the escalating climate emergency, and by yesterday, more than 1,700 people – including the Guardian columnist George Monbiot – had been arrested, with some now facing an anxious wait to find out what comes next. Guardian Money has spent the week looking at the possible financial implications of being arrested in this type of protest, and talked to lawyers, experts and those who have put themselves on the line for environmental causes. We found that, depending on the outcome of arrests, those involved could face issues with their personal finances, including mortgages, insurance and future employment. One of the big unknowns, say those behind the protests, is … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion: what price could you pay for taking a stand?