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Civil Engineering news in the papers - Monday 8 September

Five deaths, about 1,000 wrecked homes and swamped flood defences marked the latest wave of torrential storms to sweep across the country at the weekend, followed by warnings of another band of heavy weather late tomorrow...

...Lifeboat crews were sent 35 miles inland from the North Sea coast to help with hundreds of evacuations at Morpeth, Northumberland, while volunteers built sandbag walls round town centres in North Yorkshire as flash floods poured down from the North York Moors - The Guardian

Ed Balls, the prime minister’s closest ally, on Sunday warned of “tougher” times ahead but insisted that the economy would rebound – as soon as next year – to help Labour clinch a fourth term in office. The upbeat assessment from the schools secretary came as Gordon Brown revealed plans to proclaim a “bright future” for Britain at the Labour party conference, with a speech that will attempt to grab public attention by touching on his experiences of personal adversity - Financial Times

The cost of pension promises to 3.25m public ­sector workers is about £15bn more each year than government admits, even after recent cuts in benefits for new members and increased contributions for some other workers, according to a new study. The findings, contained in a report to be released on Monday by John Ralfe, an independent pensions consultant, is based on an analysis of the annual accounts of the National Health Service, teachers, civil service and other public sector pension bodies - Financial Times

UK companies are borrowing more against assets, such as invoices, stock and property, as bank lending continues to contract and forces them to look for alternative forms of funding in the aftermath of the credit crunch. Lenders in this specialist finance area advanced £17.3bn to UK companies to the end of June, against assets worth £31.2bn - up 15% over the same period last year - Financial Times

Ferrovial of Spain on Saturday agreed to sell Belfast City Airport to an ABN Amro fund in the latest of a series of divestments aimed at cutting net debt and allowing it to focus on the UK airports operator BAA. The Spanish group said ABN Amro's Global Infrastructure fund would pay £132.5M for the airport, which serves about 2M people a year travelling between the Northern Ireland capital and Britain and France - Financial Times

Flooding and severe storms led to the deaths of at least eight people and the evacuation of hundreds of families as relentless rain fell across the country over the weekend. A geologist died when he was buried by a mudslide in the Cotswolds and a teenage girl was killed when a car overturned in a stream during an adventure holiday in Wales - The Times

India celebrated its admission to the world's nuclear club yesterday after a decision by the 45 nations that legally supply atomic fuel and technology to lift a decades-old ban on nuclear trade with the country. The Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) agreed on Saturday to waive its restrictions on India, even though it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and tested nuclear weapons as recently as 1998 - The Times

The UN is threatening to put the Tower of London on its list of world heritage sites in danger after its experts accused the UK of damaging globally significant sites such as Stonehenge, the old town of Edinburgh and the Georgian centre of Bath, the Guardian has learned. Unesco, the UN's cultural agency, has told ministers in London and Edinburgh that it wants urgent action to protect seven world heritage sites which it claims are in danger from building developments, and said in some cases the UK is ignoring its legal obligations to protect them. Their complaints range from decisions to approve new tower blocks in central London, such as the 66-storey "shard of glass" at London Bridge, to the failure to relocate the A344 beside Stonehenge despite promising action for 22 years, to a proposed wind farm which threatens neolithic sites on Orkney - The Guardian

An energy revolution could be about to take place in coal-rich valleys across south Wales. An Australian energy company announced last week that recently completed test drilling in a field in the Llynfi Valley near Bridgend and two further sites has revealed huge quantities of high-quality coalbed methane (CBM) gas, which it says could be piped out and used to help ease Britain's growing energy crisis - The Guardian

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