Earth Beat, 11 May 2012. We bring you stories from people who've gone above and beyond the basics, in one case, putting themselves through backbreaking hard work. Hear why, from people whose appreciation of this planet has led them to go the extra mile.
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Some of us dream of flying through the sky Superman-style, but not many actually put on a pair of wings and try because we’d probably die. Espen Fadnes is one of a rare breed of base jumpers that go the extra mile to experience the world in a way most of us can't imagine.
After meticulous planning he climbs a mountain, puts on his gear - including wing suit and parachute - and steps off the top into the air, the world whizzing past him at 200 kmph, he's not dropping, he's soaring, like a jet plane. View photos.
Listen to him share his high adrenaline experiences and enlighten us on the joy of flying.
The Marwar desert in India's Rajasthan region isn't exactly what you'd call a hospitable environment.
It's rocky and bare and has suffered years of erosion, and until recently was overrun with a rampant shrub - Prosopis juliflora - which locals call 'the mad one', because it's almost impossible to get rid of.
But that didn’t prevent botanist Pradip Krishen from trying to wipe it out to create Rao Jodha Desert Park - a feat that wasn't exactly straightforward. Seven years after he started he has almost succeeded. View photos.
Sometimes going the extra mile involves rolling up those sleeves, toughing it out, and trekking off into the unknown. And sometimes you can do it with the click of a mouse. It’s now possible to hike some of America’s most spectacular national parks without even leaving the comfort of your own home. View photos.
Nature Valley Trail View is a project set up by a company called Nature Valley to bring the beauty of the great outdoors, indoors. A team of hikers photographed 300 miles of trails, then put it all online for the public to enjoy. Leslie Sims tells host Marnie Chesterton how it works.
Sample one of Nature Valley Trail View's best panoramic visuals - Osprey Falls.
So when you run a resort that’s always looking for new things to offer its visitors, how do you satisfy both of those things? You install a great deal of it by hand to keep the landscape intact. View photos.
Westvleteren beer is widely considered – by experts and amateurs alike – to be one of the best beers in the world.
It’s made at The Abbey of Saint Sixtus monastery in Westvleteren, northwestern Belgium, and isn’t for sale anywhere.
To get some, you have to get on a list, and go there to pick it up.