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Civil engineering in the news today - Wednesday 29 October

BAA, the UK airports group, has been forced to pay penalties of £7.34m for failing to meet all its required service standards at Heathrow and Gatwick during the past six months...

The rebates to its airline customers have been paid under the terms of the tougher service quality regime introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority in April, when the economic regulator approved a big jump in airport charges to finance future capital investments - The Financial Times

Mid-sized companies face mandatory reporting of their carbon emissions from 2012 after MPs last night passed sweeping legislation setting ambitious targets to tackle climate change. The climate change bill, approved by a clear Commons majority, commits Britain to slashing greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, in what is the world'sfirst legally binding national emissions reduction target - The Financial Times

New York's governor called yesterday for an "aggressive" reduction in state spending as he forecast that the crisis on Wall Street would lead to a record $47bn budget deficit over the next four years. Unlike the federal government, US states have to balance their budgets, which means spending will have to be cut immediately to account for potential shortfalls - The Financial Times

Up to a million immigrant workers will abandon Britain as the economy slows and jobs become scarce, the Government's equalities watchdog predicted yesterday. Trevor Philips, the chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, said the number of foreign workers losing their jobs and going home was going home meant that Britain was effectively 'exporting unemployment' - The Daily Telegraph

The world is heading for an "ecological credit crunch" far worse than the current financial crisis because humans are over-using the natural resources of the planet, an international study warns today. The Living Planet report calculates that humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year, which is leading to deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, and dramatic declines in numbers of fish and other species - The Guardian

The energy group BG has launched a £2.2bn agreed bid for the Queensland Gas Company as part of its strategy to boost its position in the market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier this year, BG's ambitions in the region suffered a setback when its hostile offer for another Australian gas producer, Origin Energy, was rebuffed - The Guardian

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