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In the papers - Monday 12 November 2007

A plan to slash the carbon footprint of the houses of parliament by almost a third using wind turbines, tidal power and underground boreholes is being considered by Palace of Westminster officials...

...A detailed study into the greening of the parliamentary estate, commissioned by MPs and peers shows how parliament could be partly powered by a 35m high wind turbine on the neighbouring Victoria gardens and a field of tidal power turbines in the Thames next to the members' terraces – The Guardian

A Russian oil tanker broke into two during a severe storm off the Ukrainian port of Kerch, spilling up to 2,000 tonnes of fuel oil in what a Russian Official said was an "environmental disaster". The same storm in the Black Sea and Asov Sea also sank four freighters, three carrying sulphur and one with a cargo of scrap metal – The Independent

Diplomas are the poor relation of A levels and will not transform the school system, education experts will say in a report today that will be seen as a devastating attack on one of the Government's pet projects – The Times

Consumers will be offered incentives to run their dishwashers in the middle of the night, under a government-backed proposal that could reduce Britain's power use by the equivalent of two stations – The Times

Richard Caborn, the former trade minister, is understood to be in the running to lead a nuclear alliance bidding for a £5bn contract to help to decontaminate Sellafield – The Times

The House of Commons Transport Select Committe has called for the scrapping of Galileo, Europe's troubled rival to the US global positioning system. The committee says there is an alarming lack of detail in cost estimates for the £2.38bn system and it claims it could be obsolete as soon as it is launched - Financial Times

A storm broke a Russian oil tanker in two between the Azvov and the Black seas spilling fuel oil in what a Russian official said was an environmental disaster. Two thousand tonnes of oil had spilt - Financial Times

China's two largest railway construction companies plan to sell shares in Shanghai and Hong Kong before the end of the year to capitalise on soaring valuations and make up for a shortfall in government funding for the state-owned sector - Financial Times

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