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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Friday 5 December 2008

Dubai's multibillion-dollar building boom is grinding to a halt, with some of the Gulf emirate's most ambitious construction projects put under review as the global economic crisis hits home. . . .

Meeras, a government-owned developer, confirmed yesterday that it was looking again at the pace of its flagship £64bn Jumeirah Gardens project in the light of the worldwide downturn - The Guardian

The government postponed the hugely controversial decision on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow yesterday, sparking speculation that cabinet divisions on the environmental impact of the third runway had persuaded Gordon Brown of the need for delay. Backbench Labour MPs, the opposition and environmentalists were all caught offguard by transport secretary Geoff Hoon's announcement yesterday that a decision would be delayed until January 2009, 12 months after the initial consultation wound up - The Guardian

Household rubbish should be used to produce green power rather than being sent for recycling, according to energy experts. Launching an Institution of Mechanical Engineers report yesterday on dealing with waste, one of the authors said converting waste could provide up to a fifth of the UK's electricity needs and help the country meet its renewable energy targets - The Guardian

The trans-London rail link Crossrail has secured £200m in funding from the City of London, closing one of the last gaps in the £16bn infrastructure project's costs. The City of London Corporation has agreed to look for an additional £150m from some of the capital's biggest businesses, of which it has guaranteed £50M - The Guardian

More than 1,000 families are still unable to return home after last year's floods - including more than 100 living in caravans - according to government figures. More than 17,000 families were forced out of their homes last summer in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the West Country - The Daily Telegraph

Plans to allow cars to use the hard shoulder on motorways are not the answertomanaging growth in traffic, the RAC foundation has said. Concentrating all road improvements on existing motorways through widening and hard-shoulder running was problematic, it added - The Daily Telegraph

A quarter of a billion pounds is to be invested in training scientists and engineers to tackle the problems facing 21st century Britain. The £250 million investment will be announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - The Daily Telegraph

The decision on whether to go ahead with building a third runway at Heathrow was delayed by the government yesterday amid cabinet splits over the controversial project. The announcement was due to be made this month but has been put back to the end of January - Financial Times

Rolls-Royce and Balfour Beatty have agreed to work with Areva, the French maker of nuclear reactors, on its multibillion pound programme of new nuclear reactor construction in the UK. Areva forecast yesterday that between 20GW and 25GW of nuclear power generation capacity will be built in the UK in the coming decades, doubling the existing installed nuclear capacity - Financial Times

Enel, Italy's energy utility, is aiming to reduce its debt burden by selling a minority stake of up to 40% in Enel Green Power, its new renewables division, by the end of next year for between €2bn (£1.74) and £2.18bn. Sales of Enel's Italian gas pipeline network and high voltage grid are planned to bring total disposals next year to £4.35bn - Financial Times

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