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In the papers today - 9 October

A $245m (£170M) stretch of blacktop intended as a good-will gesture from the American people to survivors of the 2004 tsunami has instead become a parable of the problems of Aceh's recovery.
Construction of the 240-kilometer road, about 150 miles, along the devastated coast has yet to start, stalled by a host of obstacles, like acquiring right of way through residential and farm land; schools; and, particularly sensitive, several hundred graves of mystical and religious significance - The International Herald Tribune Evidence is mounting that rapid population growth and rising living standards among the Earth's six billion inhabitants are putting an intolerable strain on nature. For the first time a British think-tank has sought to pinpoint how quickly man is using the global resources of farming land, forests, fish, air and energy. The new economics foundation has calculated from research by a US academic group, Global Footprint Network, that the day when we use more than our fair share of the Earth when 'humanity starts eating the planet' is October 9 - The Independent The nuclear industry is calling for the government to establish a new energy agency - independent of political influence - to oversee nuclear power if a second generation of atomic stations is to be built. A summit of leading figures last week endorsed the idea of an organisation that would be given the kind of autonomy granted by Labour to the Bank of England, according to the Prospect union - The Guardian Airbus is estimated to have set aside around Eu1bn (£690m) to cover compensation to airlines for the chronic delays in delivery of the A380 superjumbo - The Daily Telegraph Energy firms need to pay people for any surplus power they pump back into the electricity system, say power watchdog Ofgem. People who add wind turbines and solar panels to their homes should be given help fitting metres so they can sell energy back to suppliers, the gas and energy regulator said - The Metro Network Rail will today announce £315m of spending over the next three years on signalling projects, in a series of investments that should significantly reduce delays and increase some routes' capacity. The last signal overhaul was in the 1960s and 1970s, when the then state-owned British Rail replaced mechanical units with electrically operated signals - The Financial Times

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