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2008-07-07 00:00:10

By Paul g Wiegman I am always surprised when I am reminded of something so obvious that it gets to be overlooked. That happened recently when I was asked by a reporter from a local radio station to talk about the islands in the Allegheny River. I see one or more of the islands most every day when I'm in Pittsburgh. However, I never had given them much thought until asked. The reporter was interested in the way these pieces of dry land in the middle of the river formed, how they were used...

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By Reeds, Jon Thames Water has deferred seeking permission for a reservoir in Oxfordshire while it consults on its water resource management plan, but said the project is a priority. The plan considers water resources and demand for 2010-35. It says while the company's much- criticised leakage rate can be cut and tariffs and metering can save further water, it will still need the 267 megalitres that the reservoir would supply. "Our research shows that the pressures of population growth,...

2008-07-01 06:00:24

By Anonymous The government has given the final go-ahead to plans for a London Gateway port in south Essex, the first such facility on this scale in the UK for more than 25 years. The DfT issued a harbour empowerment order giving statutory powers to the Pounds 1.5 billion deep-sea port near Stanford-le-Hope. Construction is due to begin later in the year. London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore said: "The scheme will be a logistics platform of a size and scale unique in the UK." As...

2006-03-20 22:55:00

LONDON (Reuters) - London is mustering its flood defences more often as global warming raises sea levels, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, David King, told a Reuters conference on climate change and investment. "The biggest indicator of change that is already happening is usage of the Thames Barrier," King told the conference late on Monday. "The Thames Barrier was designed to be used once every two or three years and in that period after it was built in 1980 it was indeed used...

2006-01-21 15:06:48

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) The northern bottle-nosed whale that made world headlines when it strayed into the River Thames in central London two days ago has died as rescuers were trying to rush it to safety aboard a barge. The news follows a sharp decline in the health of the adolescent 18-foot whale after initial optimism that it could be returned to freedom. "I am afraid it had a convulsion and died at 1900 hours," Tony Woodley of British Divers Marine Life Rescue told...

2006-01-22 09:05:00

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Marine experts who failed to rescue a whale stranded in London's Thames River said on Sunday they hoped worldwide public interest in its fate would promote conservation of the endangered species. Rescue teams had tried to return the adolescent 18-foot (six meter) northern bottle-nosed whale to the open seas but it died on Saturday evening after its health took a turn for the worse. "It was always a race against time," Tony Woodley of the British Divers Marine...

2006-01-22 09:05:00

By Tim Castle LONDON -- Marine experts who failed to rescue a whale stranded in London's Thames River said on Sunday they hoped worldwide public interest in its fate would promote conservation of the endangered species. Rescue teams had tried to return the adolescent 18-foot (six meter) northern bottle-nosed whale to the open seas but it died on Saturday evening after its health took a turn for the worse. "It was always a race against time," Tony Woodley of the British Divers Marine Life...

2006-01-20 09:15:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON -- A small whale swam up the River Thames to central London on Friday, a rare event which drew large crowds of sightseers and brought traffic to a standstill. But as the whale twice tried to ground itself in the shallow waters, concerns grew that it might not survive. As the Northern Bottle-nosed Whale beached in front of London's landmark Battersea Power Station, three men waded into the river hitting the water and then punching the air in celebration as it swam off....

2005-12-15 06:46:36

LONDON (Reuters) - The barge that bore the body of British World War Two leader Winston Churchill down the River Thames during his state funeral 40 years ago failed to sell at auction on Thursday. "Havengore" had been expected to fetch over 1 million pounds ($1.8 million), but bidding ran aground at 780,000 pounds and it was withdrawn from sale. "What can I say? It is disappointing. It just didn't find a buyer," said a spokesman for auction house Sotheby's. Havengore, 87 feet long...

2005-11-23 06:07:32

LONDON (Reuters) - The barge that bore the body of British World War Two leader Winston Churchill down the River Thames during his state funeral 40 years ago will go on sale next month and is expected to make over one million pounds. Havengore, 87 feet long and 17 feet wide, entered the annals of history on January 30, 1965 when it carried Churchill's flag-draped coffin past dock cranes with their jibs lowered in mute tribute to the nation's hero. "This is quite unique. It is a piece...