The statistics for IFAT 2008 speak for themselves: 2,560 exhibitors - that's a
rise of 15 percent; around 120,000 visitors - a rise of 10 percent; and trade
visitors from abroad now make up one third of the total.
The Thunderbirds had Tracy Island while Batman lurked in his Bat Cave watching over Gotham City - the fact is all good protection agencies need a nerve centre from where they can track potential problems and help co-ordinate the response.
A dam holding back billions of gallons of toxic sludge at a Tennessee power station has burst, leading to what some are calling the worst environmental disaster in American history.
George Bush has given nearly 200,000 square miles of ocean special conservation status in one of his final acts as the US President.
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