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A staggering 380 pubs have closed down in London in the past two years as a result of the surge in the capital's property prices, according to research carried out by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Worldwide economic losses due to natural disasters are doubling every 10 years, reaching a total of £1,000 billion since 1987, a new United Nations report on the impact of global warming has found.

Only 18 per cent of the UK's parks are in a good condition and 39 per cent are rated either poor or are in decline, according to statistics provided by the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management.

The number of new houses started in the first eight months of 2002 was 113,100, compared with 112,100 in the same period in 2001.This represents a tiny increase of 0.9 per cent, according to the House Builders Federation.

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