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In the papers - Friday, 22 February 2008

Spending cuts on recycling, canals, wildlife conservation and forestry were announced yesterday by Hilary Benn, the environment secretary...

... But more cash from DEFRA is to be given to flood defences, low carbon energy projects, waste and incineration, farm subsidies and fighting animal diseases - The Guardian

The Government is concerned that a lack of competition in the UK nuclear industry threatens to distort decision-making in the race to build a new generation of nuclear power plants. In an interview with The Times, Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister, said the Government would look critically at British Energy’s ownership of eight of the most attractive UK sites for new reactors - The Times

Today work begins on the excavation and reinterring of 50 bodies at St James’s Church, Taunton, to allow the expansion of Somerset County Cricket Club's ground. The club is paying £75,000 for the section of churchyard, where coffins have disintegrated so skeletal remains will be placed in a single box and buried under what will become a grassy mound for spectators to sit on. The South West Regional Development Agency is helping Somerset to fund the project, which is part of a £60M redevelopment - The Times

A damaged crane at the nation's second busiest container terminal has triggered a month-long crisis - and cast a telling spotlight on the shortage of spare capacity at the UK's main container ports. Scores of ships have been diverted or delayed since January 18, when a boom being lowered over a ship collapsed on to the vessel - Financial Times

An initiative to tackle the harmful effects of commercial property on the environment is to be launched next week by a group of the sector's leading organisations and corporate occupiers. The so-called "environment code", which has the support of bodies such as the CBI, the employers' organisation, and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), as well as companies such as Barclays and BP, aims to provide a single bench mark to assess the impact of buildings on the environment - Financial Times

A report published today by the Government's exams watchdog today attempts to settle the row over qualifications by conceding that not all A-levels and GCSEs are equal - The Guardian

A review of the environmental and economic damage caused by growing biofuels was ordered by the government yesterday. ministers say a number of studies have emerged recently which question the environmental benefits of biofuels, and the government wants to check that UK and EU biofuel targets will not cause more problems than they solve - The Guardian

Ofgem said yesterday it was launching an investigation into Britain's electricity and gas supply markets after recent price increases. The announcement came within hours of news of a sharp rise in profits from the country's biggest residential energy supplier, British Gas - The Guardian

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