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United Kingdom: Let’s keep the green belt safely fastened

Telegraph: Among the many striking images from the London Olympics, TV shots of the glorious countryside that rings Europe's greatest metropolis will live long in the memory. The Games opened with a cycle race that hurtled through the lush downland of the Surrey Hills, past ancient villages with Norman churches and 16th-century coaching inns and back to the capital by way of well-preserved market towns. It was an idealised vision of England that could have been conjured by Danny Boyle. But it was, in fact,...

Water, water everywhere

Telegraph: Parts of Australia are enduring the worst floods for decades in a country that until recently was afflicted by a prolonged drought. In Northern Ireland, a corner of the United Kingdom blessed with an abundance of rainfall, thousands of homes have been without water over Christmas after mains pipes burst when a freeze was followed by a rapid thaw. The Australians have spoken of an inundation of "biblical proportions"; the people of Ulster bemoan the "Third World conditions" they are facing. Only when...