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Civil engineering in the news today - Monday 17th November

Government plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants face growing concerns the industry needs another waste repository involving a massive escalation in cost...

...Ministers insist they still expect only one high-level geological disposal facility will be needed at a possible cost of £12bn but a discussion paper produced by the department of energy and climate change indicates a second cannot be ruled out - The Guardian

A massive incinerator that could burn atomic waste is under consideration by the operator of the Sellafield nuclear complex. The controversial plan was outlined by an executive at Sellafield at a local conference to discuss the role of the site, which comes under private management this month - The Guardian

France faces a week of transport and public sector strikes as unions campaign against President Nicolas Sarkozy's labour reforms. Hundreds of domestic and international flights were cancelled for a third day yesterday as Air France pilots pursued a four-day strike, due to end late today - The Guardian

British people are markedly more likely to believe that tackling climate change will cost jobs than other Europeans and people in the US, according to the most recent Financial Times/Harris poll. About 30 per cent of Britons thought efforts to combat global warming would reduce the number of jobs available, compared with 24 per cent who said it would increase job numbers – The Financial Times

Southern Californians weathered a fourth day of destruction on Sunday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the region, gutting hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Ferocious blazes in and around Los Angeles continued to tear through densely populated urban areas where housing developments abut arid canyons and forests and where many Hollywood stars live – The Daily Telegraph

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) predicts that 2.86M Britons will be unemployed in two years time. It expects the economic slump to be the worst since 1991 with the economy forecast to shrink by 1.7% in 2009. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, is also expected to officially forecast an economic downturn in 2009 in next week's pre-budget report. He warned yesterday that we are in "unchartered waters" – The Daily Telegraph

The Government is threatening to withhold £1.5bn of public funding for public transport in Manchester unless the city agrees to become a guinea pig for pay as you drive road pricing. Transport secretary Geoff Hoon said funding for new tram lines, extra buses and trains would be cancelled unless a majority of Greater Manchester's 1.8M population vote "yes" in next month's road pricing referendum - The Times

A device that harnesses the power of the sea to push water uphill has been developed to provide cheap renewable electricity. The invention is designed to pump water hundreds of feet above sea level from where it can gush downhill to drive hydroelectric generators - The Times

Four workers and 19 others were reported missing after the collapse of a bridge under construction in Indian-controlled Kashmir, near the border with Pakistan. Rescuers were searching the banks of the icy river survivors with the Pakistani Army being asked for help - The Times

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck off Indonesia's Sulawesi island destroying houses and triggering a tsunami warning but there were no reports of fatalities - The Times

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