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Civils in the papers - Friday 13 March 2009

Ten of the world’s leading architects detailed yesterday their plans to transform the French capital into a Grand Paris, in what has been described as the most complex city project ever… . .

President Nicolas Sarkozy asked the architects, who include the Briton Lord Rogers, to project 20 years into the future and dream up the world’s most sustainable metropolis - The Daily Telegraph
Local authorities should be offered incentives to speed up the planning process, Francis Salway, the chief executive of Land Securities, said yesterday. Mr Salway warned that the property industry’s eventual recovery from the economic downturn will stall if improvements are not made to the procedure of gaining planning permission - The Daily Telegraph
Astronaunts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were evacuated to a Russian escape module yesterday after space junk was spotted hurtling towards the orbiting outpost. Nasa officials noticed the object - thought to be an old part of the ISS itself - too latefor the $100bn station to boost itself out of the way, forcing the crew of two Americans and a Russian to shelter in the module until the threat was over - The Guardian
Politicians have failed to take on board the severe consequences of failing to cut world carbon emissions, according to Nicholas Stern, the economist commissionedby Gordon Brown to analyse the impact of climate change. His stark warning about the potentially “devastating” consequences of global warming came as scientists issued a desparate plea last night for world leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions or face an ecological and social disaster - The Guardian

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