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Costa Rica: A Spectrum of Colours

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Costa Rica has, in recent decades, emerged with one of the best tourism infrastructures in the world and a focus on ecological tourism that is central to the award-winning sustainable tourism that is ubiquitous throughout the jungles of this wildlife hotspot.

Diary of a Bardsey Seal Watcher

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

The locals said they couldn't recall a storm like it. It seemed relentless, starting at dusk and continuing well into the early hours of the morning. The thunder rumbled, and forked lightning struck the sea over and over again, searing the eyes of those watching with vivid after-images...

Are Bees 'Green Crap'?

Barry Gardiner | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

This government is presiding over the unravelling of the fabric of nature. On our small part of the planet our approach to pollinators is a local example of what is a growing, global 'biodiversity crisis'. Sir David Attenborough has talked about this crisis leading not only to great physical impoverishment but to great spiritual impoverishment as well. It is hard to imagine a world without bees. It would be even harder to live in it.

Sharks Fighting Sharks Is Really Scary

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Tech

Adam Malski was out on his boat around 50 miles off the Australia coast when he caught something pretty incredible on camera: a Great White Shark figh...

What the Wild Means to Me

Daniel Crockett | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Daniel Crockett

I consider my relationship with nature as a long and unfolding conversation, like learning a language that I can never master. And this conversation is never dull. Like most discourses, it only improves with time and age, to reach a point where a constant connection evolves and grows, with almost daily realisations.

Your Ice Cream Is Melting...

Ella Pawlik | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Pawlik

Sustainability. Straight in there. Said it. Not really a crowd-pleaser of an intro...the mere utterance of the word usually incites a long, world-weary (oh the irony!) and sustained (yup, that did just happen) sigh.

Why You Shouldn't Swim With Baited Whale Sharks in the Philippines

Maria Sowter | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

There's only one thing I can tell you about the town of Oslob in the Philippines: don't go. There is a tendency amongst travel bloggers to over romanticise, but I wouldn't want to lie to you.

The Future of Human/Animal Relations

Daniel Crockett | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK
Daniel Crockett

I wish to narrow the focus, to explore our relationship with animals. I propose a different future: a hypothetical outlook at odds with current reality and direction. So, let us fast forward fifty years.

Turns Out Drones And Nature Don't Mix

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Tech

Well it was bound to happen eventually. A drone pilot has learned the hard way that while a drone is a great way of capturing nature, if you get too c...

Heading for the Hillforts

Mike Collins | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

This place, which in area is the same as 50 football pitches, is dripping with the history that encapsulates the story of the British Isles... These jewels in the National Trust crown have drawn people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether as a place to escape the rat race, a place to be at one with nature or a place to fire the imagination.

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

Daniel Crockett | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Crockett

The greatest fear of disconnection with nature, and the widest response thus far, seems to be for children. At some point, society separates our young people from the natural world, reinforcing a doctrine that has been evolving for hundreds of years.

Planet Appetite: Summer Alpine Adventures in Graubünden, Switzerland

Rupert Parker | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Graubünden, and particularly St. Moritz, is famous for its winter sports but the summer delivers hiking, e-biking and culinary delights with the bonus of unspoilt trails in Switzerland's only national park.

This Is What A Shark Attack Looks Like Up Close

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Tech

A video has captured terrifying footage showing the moment a Great White Shark decides that it's going to eat a drone for lunch. The stunning video...

The Top 50 Things That Make Us Brits Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It seems us Brits are a sentimental bunch who really do think the best things in life are free. Popping bubble wrap, receiving a compliment and having...

'Children Need To Be Stung, Slimed And Scratched'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, adding: "They have got to be stung, s...

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.

How I Turned My Unhappy Past Into a Happy One

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was brought up in an agnostic house- my parents were not particularly interested in religion and made it plain to us three children that we could do whatever we wanted. In a sense I am grateful to my parents who both came from relatively liberal families and were not that ingrained with God and the rest.

Guess What...Animals DO Have Emotions

Maria Senise | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Last year, while I was home alone, I had discovered something that sent a wave of shock through me. I had ventured into the basement for a work out when it was to my dismayed surprise that I noticed a very old robin stuck in our window well. I knew he was old because he he had grey tufts of hair surrounding his head like a halo, and the poor little guy didn't move very much.

9 Images Of Turkmenistan's 'Door To Hell'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

These remarkable pictures show a burning crater in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan, affectionately known by the locals as "the door t...

Mask-Making: The Revelation and the Freedom

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Templar Lewis

The anthropologist Rapport, who wrote extensively on ritual, noted that masks do not always disguise, they often transform and actually display identity. They "coordinate the iconicity, the signs of identity in any particular cultural context." Rather than conceal, they become an agent of revelation.

These Might Be The Five Coolest GIFs We've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Tech

GIFs can be used for just about anything - from endless clips of TV shows to picking your favourite Arnie moments. It can also be used for art, which ...

Fathers Day Without a Father

Jenny_Anderson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny_Anderson

My dad died four years ago this August. I often think of him and especially so when important dates approach. Oddly, I think of him most around Fathers Day. I say oddly because I anticipated that his birthday, or the anniversary of his death, would impact me more. It doesn't

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Calming the Hell Down

Maria Senise | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

There I was, trying to practice mindfulness, when two birds flew out of nowhere and scared the shit out of me. I was sitting on the step to my patio when all of a sudden a frantic flurry of wing-flapping disturbed my inner peace.

Pyschoda Seeks Cuckoo Pint

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have observed the Cuckoo Pint for several years now. This year, the flowers appeared later than usual but were pollinated faster than 2013. The pollination of the flowers occurred in June last year and the fruit ripened in August. We are still in May and the flowers have been pollinated already.

A Short History of Nymphomania

Tate | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tate

Back in the 18th Century, spurred on by the term she'd inspired, the nymph had found fame. In 1784, Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy, painted the provocative A Nymph and Cupid. Its reproductions sold widely - particularly to women...