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Civil engineering in the news - Thursday 16 October

Global demand for construction machines is set to plummet this year, led by steep falls in demand in North America and western Europe, according to forecasts to be released today...

Sales of construction equipment year-on-year in North America will slump by 24% in 2008, followed by a further 21% drop next year. In Europe sale will drop 21% this year and 10% next year - The Financial Times

Secret tunnels in the heart of London previously used by MI6 are being put up for sale by BT. The Kingsway tunnels are 30m underneath High Holborn in London, approximately 1.6KM long and were originally built in 1940 as air raid shelters - The Financial Times

Faith can move mountains - but you need engineers to shift a whole cathedral. The two-storey Cathedral of St Dominic in China's Fuzhou city is in the way of a construction project so it is being set on 400 wheels to run on rails. It will gradually be turned 90 degrees and be moved a few hundred metres south - The Sun

MPs have been told that they may be moved out of Parliament for up to three years under a £350 million renovation plan, The Times has learnt. More than 500 miles of water pipes, electricity and telephone cables need to be replaced for the first time since the Second World War — the last time that MPs had to relocate – The Times

The new energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, insisted today that there must be no retreat from the government's climate change agenda in the face of the coming recession, as he prepared to accept proposals from Lord Turner's climate change committee tomorrow to increase Britain's statutory target to cut carbon emissions from 60% to 80% by 2050. In his first interview since he was appointed secretary of state at the new Department for Energy and Climate Change, he claims many of the new jobs of the future will be green jobs, adding that the cost to taxpayers of failing to fix the environment will only be higher if it is not tackled now – The Guardian

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