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In the papers today - Thursday 27 September

Global warming can be halted by plumbing a gigantic array of pipes into the depths of the oceans, according to two of the world’s leading environmental scientists...

Pipes measuring up to 200m long and 10m in diameter should be used to pump nutrient-rich water up to the surface to encourage plankton blooms, which would then remove CO2 from the atmosphere – The Times

An ecological disaster looms around the Three Gorges Dam, a potent symbol of China’s social, economic and technological progress, despite years of insistence the project is safe. The banks of the Yangtze are being eroded by the weight of the water behind the dam, hazardous landslides blight the area as water levels fluctuate wildly and huge waves crash against riverbanks – The Independent

Evidence that the credit squeeze will hurt the UK economy emerged yesterday when a Bank of England survey showed companies were likely to be hit hard by higher borrowing costs. This was followed by one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders reporting plummeting sales in the wake of the Northern Rock crisis – Financial Times

Dubai’s surging real estate market is starting to cool but project delays are likely to push forward a long-awaited price correction back until 2009, new research says – Financial Times

Spain’s leading family of wine-makers, The Torres, are heading to the foothills of the Pyrenees from their traditional base in the north-eastern Penedes region to keep ahead of the global warming that threatens their Catalan vineyards – The Independent

Turkmenistan’s president declared the gas-rich but isolated central Asian state “open to the world” yesterday as it stepped up its efforts to deepen relations with the west since the death of its former leader last December. The country’s energy strategy was “aimed at developing a multiple pipelines system to bring Turkmenistan energy resources to the international market on a stable and long-term basis” – Financial Times

A majority of rail passengers phoning Natinal Rail’s inquiry helpline have faced paying up to twice as much for rail tickets because the advice was wrong according to research released today – The Independent

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