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In the papers - Thursday 11 October 2007

The Prime Minister faced a row with insurers last night over threats to leave many households without insurance because of the failure to invest more public money in flood defences...
After this summer's damaging floods, the insurance industry warned that bills would rise - The Independent

A plan to build a pipeline to reduce central and eastern Europe's dependence on Russian oil was signed by five former communist countries - Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia - last night, extending the Brody-Odessa pipeline through Ukraine to Plock in Poland - The Financial Times

Dubai yesterday said it was pushing ahead with a £5bn mega-project to build an inland waterway to expand its waterfront. The 74km Arabian Canal will loop around "New Dubai", the residential and business developments concentrated to the west of Central Dubai , near the port and industrial zone of Jebel Ali - The Financial Times

Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, was yesterday criticised by a high court judge who highlighted what he said were "nine scientific errors" in the film. Mr Justice Barton yesterday said that while the film was "broadly accurate" in its presentation of climate change, he identified nine significant errors in the film, some of which, he said, had arisen in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration" to support the former US vice-president's views on climate change - The Guardian

The United States is working on a multi-billion-dollar plan to depopulate vast swaths of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico in a move which it is hoped would help re-establish a natural barrier against the catastrophic flooding caused by the likes of Hurricane Katrina. In the first sign that the federal government is favouring a retreat from the coast rather than rebuilding, the Army Corps of Engineers is to present to Congress a radical plan which includes rebuilding the wetlands that have been disappearing at an ever-accelerating rate in recent years - The Guardian

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