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Civil engineering in the news - Friday 12 September

Gordon Brown's promise to make Britain's homes more energy efficient appeared to unravel further as the Government and industry appeared unable to agree on how many houses will benefit as a result...

Unveiling plans for energy firms to pay for more energy efficiency measures, the Prime Minister set a target of insulating every home in the UK by 2020 - "where practical" – The Daily Telegraph

The World Bank has quietly cancelled a "model" oil pipeline agreement with Chad after revenues meant to be spent on schools and hospitals were used to consolidate President Idriss Déby's grip on power. The innovative deal, signed in 2000, was supposed to ensure that the oil wealth in one of the world's poorest and most corrupt countries was not wasted - The Guardian

Families are facing even higher fuel bills after energy companies threatened to pass on the costs of Gordon Brown's drive to insulate millions of homes. As part of his attempts to relaunch his Government, the Prime Minister unveiled plans to force energy companies to pay out £910M over the next three years to subsidise a range of home insulation measures for Britain's poorest households – The Daily Telegraph

The microchip, now found in every home and office, in devices from cookers to computers and cars to mobile phones is 50 years old today. The first working microchip, or integrated circuit, was demonstrated at Texas Instruments by one of the company's newest employees, Jack Kilby, on September 12, 1958 - Times

A suburban solicitor accused of distributing £100 million of bribes to secure lucrative gas contracts is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. Jeffrey Tesler has been identified as the “British agent” who handled payments from an international consortium awarded contracts to build a £3.5bn gas-production plant in Nigeria - Times

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