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United Kingdom: £2.5m Teesside flood defences ‘overwhelmed’ during downpours

Guardian: Multimillion-pound flood protection schemes on Teesside were "overwhelmed" during torrential downpours on Friday evening, leaving 60 homes inundated. Cleveland fire brigade received nearly 240 calls for help during the flooding, which washed away two cars. Their drivers escaped. Cathy Kelly, owner of the Spa hotel in Saltburn, said she had never known weather like it. "A couple of cars look like they have come off the road and were completely covered by the water," she said. "There were lots...

Chinese protesters force officials to cancel industrial waste pipeline project

Guardian: Officials in eastern China have cancelled a planned industrial waste pipeline project after up to 1,000 environmental demonstrators occupied a government office, overturned cars, destroyed computers and beat police officers. The demonstration in the city of Qidong was the latest in a string of protests sparked by fears of environmental degradation. Zhang Guohua, mayor of the eastern city of Nantong, announced the cancellation of the pipeline, which would have emptied waste water from a Japanese-owned...