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In the papers - Friday 19 October 2007

Telecoms giant BT has revealed plans to build 120 wind turbines to generate a quarter of its electricity from wind energy...

It plans to build wind farms on sites across Britain, but needs to raise £250M to do so. BT has already applied for planning permission to build wind farms in Cornwall, Orkney and Shetland. The move is aimed at wooing environmentally conscious customers and to keep in line with its green business strategy - The Times

Oil prices rose more than £1 a barrel to settle at a record high amid mixed signals on supplies from OPEC and mounting concerns over the threat of military action by Turkey in northern Iraq – Financial Times

Britain's railways look set for record passenger use this year after new official figures showed growth of 8.3% - Financial Times

Development banks representing £500bn will today agree a common set of corporate governance policies to tackle corruption and promote the private sector in emerging economies – Financial Times

Alstom Transport of France has resolved a long-running dispute over how it maintains trains on London Underground's Northern Line by agreeing significant changes to its 20-year contract – Financial Times

Tesco is to become the first major retailer to shift freight of the roads and onto canals to cut carbon emissions by 80%. The Manchester Ship Canal between Liverpool and Manchester will be the first waterway to be used. Tesco is also looking at other waterways to utilise - The Times

Closure of a busy road in the Afghan city of Herat could help save some 30m high 15th century minarets from crumbling. A century ago there were at least a dozen ancient minarets, but most have crumbled due to the effects of vehicle pollution - The Times

Sir Nicholas Stern, who led the government's review of the economic impact of climate change, is to be made a life peer. The London School of Economics professor, who argued that money spent now to reduce carbon emissions would bring dividends on a huge scale, will attend the Lords as non-party-political cross-bencher - The Guardian

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