#1 A solemn start to this week's round-up with the news that the search has been called off for Briton Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi on Nanga Parbat. The climbers went missing a week ago on the notoriously dangerous mountain close to the Pakistan-India border and an intensive search has been on-going since, including efforts on the ground and by air. It's a tragic incident involving two brilliant climbers.
#2 If you're planning on exploring Scotland for a holiday, we've got two things to say: 1) you've made a brilliant choice as it's a ludicrously beautiful and exciting country; 2) you haven't got a chance. There's far too much to see to pack into a 10-day itinerary, as Neil Robertson (aka Travels With A Kilt) explains. He has, though, created a route that takes in Scotland's most popular stops, from city streets to remote island beaches. We just beg that you plan a return trip to see everything else.
#3 This beautifully-shot short film explores the effect Ireland's declining salmon stocks through the eyes of one fishing guide. Even if you've never held a rod in anger, this piece of artwork (shared by Field Mag) will resonate with you.
#4 Microplastics - the tiny particles of plastic that can be harmful to public health and natural ecosystems - are "absolutely everywhere". That's according to new research from across the globe, including Bangor University in Wales. Every one of the UK's rivers and lakes tested were found to have traces of microplastics, and the River Tame was found to be the most contaminated place yet tested worldwide. Friends of the Earth have described it as "blighting our environment". Change needs to happen sooner rather than later.
#5 An eco-conscious Aussie start-up wants to transform beat-up old Land Rovers into electric cars for hire. They're still in an experimental phase right now, but Jaunt plan to keep the cars in as much of their original condition as possible, powered by a Tesla battery pack. The fact that they're in Australia is a bit of an issue but, if this works, it's at least an excuse to explore Down Under - you'll be saving the planet. Sort of.
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