Outdoor World

Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future

As the travel publisher closes its Melbourne and London offices, a guidebook writer asks whats next for an industry in crisis Covid-19 has changed everything. In particular, it has changed everything about travel. As a Lonely Planet writer you learn fast that change is the only constant on the road. Still, no one was expecting the changes announced last week: that Lonely Planet is to close its Melbourne production facility and London offices almost entirely, as well as its magazine and Trade and Reference division. The famous guidebooks will continue…

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The system is broken: the billionaire investor who fears a return to the 1930s

Ray Dalio, who has a near $19bn fortune, is one of a handful of the 0.01% to go public with concerns about the system that created that wealth Ray Dalio, the billionaire investor, has just released his first childrens book. Its a bedtime story he hopes will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. There are other stories that keep Dalio awake at night. Stock markets have soared in recent years, employers are struggling to find workers, inflation is under control. And yet: This period is very similar to…

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Outdoor World

Secret bunkers and mountain hideouts: hunting Italy’s mafia bosses

The Cacciatori unit searches the rugged landscape of Calabria for fugitives who have dug themselves deep into the earth On the slopes of the Aspromonte mountains, Pasquale Marando, a man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Calabrian mafia, the feared Ndrangheta, built a secret bunker whose entrance was the mouth of a pizza oven. Less than 10 miles away, Ernesto Fazzalari, who allegedly enjoyed trap shooting with the heads of his decapitated victims, lived in a 10 square-metre hideout in the formidable southern Italian range. When authorities came for…

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Outdoor World

Snow machines and fleece blankets: inside the ski industrys battle with climate change

The long read: Hundreds of ski resorts now stand abandoned across the Alps. But some scientists believe they have found a way to keep snow on the ground and that it could help vulnerable communities all over the world When the French entrepreneur Jacques Mouflier visited the remote Alpine village of Val dIsre in 1935, he saw the future before him. A miracle is going to happen, Mouflier told his young son, as he gestured towards the mountains encircling the village. Ski champions from every country will come to compete…

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Outdoor World

Inside Copenhagens race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and hedonistic sustainability have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 and so far its all going according to plan We call it hedonistic sustainability, says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the 485m Bjarke Ingels, its lead architect, hope will enhance the latest jewel in Copenhagens sustainability crown. The incinerator building also incorporates hiking and running trails, a street fitness gym and the worlds highest outdoor climbing wall,…

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