Outdoor World

Its so toxic: why were addicted to mean online gossip about women

I used to spend a lot of time reading snarky online comments about other womens lives until I decided to put an end to it for my sanity Its 3am and Im on Reddit. Im reading a thread of comments that number in the thousands, scrolling through missive after missive, unpopular opinions, all. Im reading about the women on this season for The Bachelor. Some commenters rip apart their fashion choices, others discuss the contestants faces, debating endlessly about whether this woman had fillers, that woman had Botox. Im breastfeeding…

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The sweet air of the Cvennes: a British writer on life in the rural heart of France

As the Cvennes national park celebrates its 50th anniversary, Adam Thorpe reflects on how the intricate hills of the Massif Central protect its wildlife and way of life I sometimes think of the Cvennes as the massive knuckles of a sleeping green giant. Insular, tough-minded and Protestant, our home for the last 30 years has sharp granite and limestone hills that here and there stretch up out of deep valleys into proper mountains. Much of it is felted in dwarf holm oak, the evergreen and often impenetrable stuff of southern…

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‘I dont want ships to kill me’: Marseille fights cruise liner pollution

Shipping is estimated to account for 10% of city air pollution, and campaigners are targeting cruise industry in particular From his balcony above Marseille’s port, Jean-Pierre Eyraud has a prime position of the giant, luxury Venice and Barcelona. He and other environmentalists in Marseille want to force a move to cleaner energy and to stiffen rules on the levels of ultra-fine particles in the air. Cruise ship engines are kept running all day in port to fulfill the energy needs of the floating hotels. There has been no study on…

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