The human cost of China's biggest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam, has risen beyond the government's forecasts, Xinhua news agency revealed this week.
An extra 300,000 people will have to be relocated, bringing the total to 1.4 million - The Guardian
Xstrata, the mining group, detailed plans yesterday for a deeply discounted rights issue that will raise a sum at the lower end of expectations. The company is planning a £2.9 billion cash call priced at a 42.5 per cent discount to Monday's closing price, significantly below some City forecasts - The Times
Drought threatening the lives of millions will spread across half the land surface of the Earth in the coming century because of global warming, according to new predictions from Britain's leading climate scientists. Extreme drought, in which agriculture is in effect impossible, will affect about a third of the planet, according to the study from the Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research - The Independent
Sea ice in the Arctic last month melted to its second lowest monthly minimum in the 29-year record of satellite measurements. Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Colorado said the total surface area covered by sea ice during September was smaller than in any previous year apart from 2005, when it reached an all-time record minimum - The Independent
European aerospace group revealed the depth of the crisis in the Airbus A380 'superjumbo' programme, when it announced a Eu4.8bn profit warning and warned of yet another year's delay in early deliveries of the world's biggest passenger jet. The profit warning, issued late on Tuesday, was more than double the Eu2bn figure announced less than four months ago. It follows an emergency review of the A380 programme begun in July following the dismissal of several top executives at both Airbus and EADS, the Franco-German parent company - The Financial Times