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Best Holiday Villas in Cornwall

Sometimes a guy just has to get away from the places he is traveling and go back to square one. For me, that means heading back to Cornwall and renting a holiday villa by the seaside. Sure, it might sound boring and old hat to a lot of people, but I can’t think of any better way to charge my batteries than with a holiday villa in Cornwall.

In fact, there are more than a few villa holidays option if you want to do the same. The best holiday villas in Cornwall are those that cater to the activities you enjoy the most.

For example, if you love bach combing or simply strolling on the sands before the sun becomes too hot, you probably should consider something like the quiet cottages away from the bustle of town.

However, if you are bringing the family for a full beach vacation, you should probably look at the executive suites. These often have three bedrooms or more and provide your family with plenty of options for fun in the sun.

One option that many people overlook is renting a caravan. The caravan’s of today are quite posh and give you an affordable option for your seaside holiday.

One thing is for sure, when you decide to rent cottages in Cornwall, you are going to have a wonderful time. If you want to see the broad range of options available, the best place to start is on the internet.

From there you can find the best companies and the best holiday villas in Cornwall.

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Traveling by car contributes more to global warming

Traveling by car increases global temperatures more than by plane, but only in the long run, according to new findings released by the American Chemical Society on Wednesday.

The study, published in the August issue of Environmental Science & Technology, said that in the long run, the global temperature increase from a car trip will be on average higher than from a plane journey for the same distance.

“Car travel emits more carbon dioxide than air travel per passenger mile. As carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere longer than the other gases, cars have a more harmful impact on climate change in the long term,” said Kleefeld from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.

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However, in the short run, traveling by air has a larger adverse impact on climate because airplanes only affect short-lived warming processes at high altitudes. Continue Reading

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New Pacific sites gain World Heritage status from UNESCO

Three Pacific sites have been awarded World Heritage status by the cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO.

Those sites are Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Kiribati’ s Phoenix Islands and Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea.

Bikini was the site of U.S. nuclear bomb testing in the 1940s and 1950s.

UNESCO said the tests had major consequences on the geology and environment of the atoll symbolized the dawn of nuclear age.

The Phoenix Islands conserve one of the world’s largest intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems, together with 14 known underwater sea mounts thought to be extinct volcanoes, complete with a staggering variety of marine species.

Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll

The Papahanaumokuakea chain of tiny islands and atolls, stretches nearly 2,000 km north-west of the main Hawaiian Islands.

It was declared both a natural and cultural heritage site. Continue Reading

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Turtles Hatch at Baros Maldives

For the first time since its renovation as a luxury resort in 2005, turtles have hatched in the wild at Baros Maldives.

This happened on the morning of Wednesday 21 July 2010 when guests were surprised to see tiny Hawksbill turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand beside Deluxe Villa 117, which is in a quiet area with its own private beach entrance.

The resident marine biologist at Baros Maldives explained that turtles hatch from eggs laid in a hole dug in the sand by the mother turtle about 60 days before. They hatch underground but dig their way out, usually in the late evening or at night and follow the moon light towards the water.

Turtles know by the sand temperature if it is day or night. It was cool on 21 July due to rain and this lowered the sand temperature, enabling guests to enjoy the rare daytime sight of turtles emerging from the sand and scrambling towards the sea.

Turtles Hatched at Baros Maldives

A female turtle usually lays several batches of eggs at two to three week intervals on the same beach, so there is a chance that the same turtle has laid eggs elsewhere on the island. If so, guests are hoping to see another hatching at Baros Maldives soon. Continue Reading

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World Heritage Committee inscribes seven cultural sites on World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia has inscribed sites in Saudi Arabia, Australia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran and, for the first time, a site in the Marshall Islands, as well as the Republic of Korea on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The latest sites inscribed include (in order of inscription):

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At Turaif District in ad-Dir’iyah (Saudi Arabia)

This property was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, north-west of Riyadh. Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the center of the Arabian peninsula. In the 18th and early 19th century, its political and religious role increased, and the citadel at at-Turaif became the center of the temporal power of the House of Saud and the spread of the Wahhabi reform inside the Muslim religion. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir’iyah oasis. Continue Reading

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