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In the papers today - 15 January

An RAC patrol man stripped to his underpants to rescue two drivers stuck in flood-water - even though they were not members of the motoring organisation.
Dave Goodall, 35, took off his trousers, socks and shoes because he did not want to get them soaked in the waist-deep water - The Daily Telegraph Holidaymakers are being misled by companies who guarantee to repair the damage flights do to the atmosphere, according to the first independent study of a fast-growing market. The report claims it is not possible to state categorically that buying any 'carbon offset' - as Tony Blair did grudgingly last week to counter the global warming potential of his family's New Year break in Miami Beach - will neutralise the damage that flying causes to the atmosphere - The Daily Telegraph As the River Avon overflowed in Gloucestershire during another weekend of stormy weather, the government announced plans to reduce the number of homes and businesses affected by floods each year. Climate change models forecast that there will be up to 20% more winter rainfall in Britain in the next century. Flooding already costs the economy £270M a year and, unless drainage management improves, the bill is set to reach £15bn by 2080 - The Times Two passenger trains collided outside Hua Hin, south of the Thai capital, killing three people and injuring 107. A train bound for Bangkok apparently took the wrong track and hit the oncoming train. An inquiry is under way - The Times Rescue workers continued searching yesterday for 10 people who disappeared when land surrounding a new metro station being built in São Paulo collapsed on Friday, opening a crater 80 metres deep - The Financial Times

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