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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Tuesday 9 December 2008

Many engineering companies are refusing to recruit young people because they believe they are not ready to settle down at work after leaving school...

A report by the Engineering and Technology Board said yesterday that three out of four who had hired youngsters over a three-year period had not recruited over the last year whilst half had not given a job to anyone under 25 - The Daily Telegraph

People affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue the oil and power companies they blame for global warming, a leading climate expert has said. Myles Allen, a physicist at Oxford University, said a breakthrough that allows scientists to judge the role manmade climate change played in extreme weather events could see a rush to the courts over the next decade - The Guardian

Environmental campaigners last night vowed to step up direct action against British airports after protestors breached the security fence at Stansted airport and closed its runway, resulting in scores of cancelled flights and disruption for thousands of passengers - The Guardian

The prices UK manufacturers are paying for their raw materials and charging for their goods both fell sharply in November, paving the way for further interest rate cuts as inflationary pressures give way to deflationary fears. The Producer Prices Index showed that input prices - those paid by manufacturers - fell by 3.3% compared with October, mainly as a result of much lower oil prices - The Daily Telegraph

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