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In the papers - Monday, 17 March 2008

Rescue Crews using search dogs and heat sensing cameras sifted for survivors through piles of rubble yesterday after a giant crane collapsed on to New York buildings killing at least 4 people...

...The accident on the east side of Midtown Manhattan destroyed a four storey town house and damaged five other buildings - The Daily Telegraph

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, is in talks with potential investors about funding for its massive £3bn expansion into alternative energy following a sharp rise in project costs. The head of Centrica's renewable's division has warned that the economics of the industry have changed radically and government targets for powering Britain on "green" electricity face being blown off course - The Daily Telegraph

Six local authorities have united to oppose proposals for a second runway at Stansted Airport. Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire county councils - as well as Braintree, East Herts and Uttlesford district councils say they will vigorously campaign against BAA's plans to double the size of Stansted - The Times

India's railway, the world's largest with 5.4 billion passengers a year, is forecasting record profits this year of more than £3bn - The Times

A 100 year old steel mill that once forged guns for the Japanese Imperial Navy has hit a production bottleneck that threatens to derail more than £150 billion of global nuclear plant construction. The capacity shortage at Japan Steel Works (JSW) has created a worldwide stampede among electricity producers to place orders with the Tokyo-based engineer for nuclear reactor cores - a specialised component in which the company has an effective global monopoly - The Times

Britain's climate change emissions may be 12% higher than officially stated, according to a National Audit Office investigation which has strongly criticised the government for using two different carbon accounting systems. There is "insufficient consistency and coordination" in the government's approach, the NAO said - The Guardian

After the athletes have gone and the flame has moved on, the biggest public park in more than a century will emerge from the site of the 2012 Olympics in London. It's designers hope the 270 acre park, which will open in 2014, will capture the spirit of the great Victorian parks whose creators hoped to counteract the urban squalor of the industrial revolution - The Guardian

The majority of large companies convicted of offences involving the death of a worker or member of the public have been fined tiny amounts compared with their annual turnover and profit, a study finds today - Financial Times

After decades of procrastination, the government is promising to solve the problem of disposing of the country's nuclear waste and is looking to Sweden for guidance. The Scandinavian country, along with Finland, leads the world into research into radioactive disposal, and sharing its findings with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Financial Times

Businesses have yet to wake up to the £21bn worth of commercial opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympics, according to research from Lloyds TSB - Financial Times

Most Londoners approve of the decision by Ken Livingstone, the mayor, to levy a £25-a-day congestion charge on the most heavily polluting cars, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Transport for London, which found 61% in favour - Financial Times

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