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Damming indictment

MELTDOWN IN TIBET BY MICHAEL BUCKLEY (Palgrave Macmillan) Freshwater is fast becoming the world's most important commodity as we pollute and misuse our rivers and plumb ever deeper for groundwater. Michael Buckley shows in this hard-hitting book how China is simultaneously one of the most greedy users and most egregious abusers of water. He looks at the Salween, Mekong and several other of Asia's other mightiest transboundary rivers in … [Read more...]

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Off stream

The islands off the west coast of Sumatra are famed for their surf but the spotlight has yet to fall on Simeulue which retains a sleepy timeless air Story by Will Bendix; Photography by Alan van Gysen The nasal whine of the Cessna’s twin propellers changes pitch as we taxi onto the runway at Kuala Namu International Airport. Our pile of surfboards lies lashed down in the aisle, crammed into the tiny airplane along with eight passengers and … [Read more...]

Snorkel and mask

Breathe easy

Get more out of your time in the water by looking for these key features when choosing a mask and snorkel PROFILE  The more air inside the mask, the more you have to equalise as you descend. Less critical to snorkellers, but freedivers will want as small a volume as possible to avoid losing valuable air. LENS Should always be tempered glass which is much less dangerous in the event that it shatters. Those needing prescription … [Read more...]

Ki Niseko

Ki Niseko

Ki Niseko is a luxury hotel that combines rustic alpine charm with modern Japanese elegance. Offering views of the dormant volcano Mt Yotei and the largest night skiing area in Asia, our ski-in ski-out location is perfect for your winter adventure. Whether you are into backcountry snowboarding on a volcano, carving legendary powder snow, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, winter rafting, heli-skiing or simply learning how to ski, Ki Niseko has easy … [Read more...]

HKICC

Stairmasters to compete in Hong Kong

Taking place on Sunday, December 7, the Race to Hong Kong ICC will be the grand finale of the 2014 Vertical World Circuit. In a last blast for the annual skyscraper stair series, runners will fight tooth and nail in the 2,120 steps up to the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC). Australians took the top spot last year, with Mark Bourne (12 minutes 4 seconds) and Suzy Walsham (14 minutes 32 seconds) … [Read more...]

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