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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Friday 30 January 2008

An experimental fusion reactor that will imitate the conditions at the heart of the sun to create cheap green power could cost twice as much as governments had planned for, the Guardian has learnt...

The project, which absorbs almost half of Britain's energy research budget, will test complex machinery needed to make the world's first operational fusion power plants - a technology widely expected to transform energy generation by providing abundant power with no greenhouse gas emissions and only small amounts of radioactive waste - The Guardian

Gordon Brown yesterday made his clearest pledge yet that he will lift restrictions preventing councils from building more homes, possibly by allowing more of them to set up construction companies or providing short term finance for stalled public-private building programmes. Downing Street policymakers regard councils as one of the quickest ways to keep a house building programme alive because they own so much land - The Guardian

Europe started legal proceedings against Britain yesterday that could result in unlimited daily fines for consistently breaking air pollution laws and endangering health in urban areas. Britain had been given nearly 10 years to reduce its levels of the minute sooty "particulate matter" known as PM10s, which are mainly emitted by industry and traffic - The Guardian

More than $10tn must be invested in clean technology between now and 2030 to spare the Earth from an unsustainable incrase in global temperature, the World Economic Forum warned yesterday. A report from the body that organises the Davos meeting of political and business leaders said at least $515bn should be spent annually on measures to limit carbon emissions - The Guardian

London Underground is to seek about 1,000 redundancies among its 20,000 staff as part of a plan to make £2.4bn savings over the next 10 years, it was announced yesterday. Transport for London, London Underground's parent, said no frontline operations staff such as train drivers, station and maintenance staff would be affected. The cuts look likely to fall heavily on staff who had been monitoring Metronet Rail, the private-sector maintenance and upgrade contractor, which went into administration in July 2007. Metronet is now owned by London Underground, making many of the monitoring posts superfluous - Financial Times

The ceiling on statutory redundancy pay should be raised to ensure that sacked workers are properly compensated, union leaders said yesterday. The government is under pressure to overhaul the maximum cap on legally required redundancy payments, which critics said has lagged well behind the growth in average earnings since its introduction in 1965 - Financial Times

The biggest council house building programme for decades was ordered by Gordon Brown yesterday as he urged town halls to rescue the construction industry and help kick-start the economy. Treasury rules that have stopped local authorities from building social housing should be relaxed to allow councils to borrow more money and to keep the proceeds from rents and sales, the Prime Minister said - The Times

Hundreds of factory workers protested outside one of the country's largest oil refineries yesterday against the use of foreign workers. Humberside Police said around 800 people took part in the demonstration against the use of foreign contractors on a multi-million pound construction project at the Lindsey oil refinery at North Killingholme, Lincs - The Daily Telegraph

A "rain tax" has meant that St John's Church in Knutsford, Chesire, received an annual water bill of £10,896 while a nearby Rolls-Royce dealership was charged £545. Church leaders have criticised the system, which means community groups and businesses are charged for water drainage according to the area of their roofs and hard surfaces - The Daily Telegraph

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