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In the papers - Monday, 18 February 2008

Towns and cities need to be radically redesigned to help to tackle the obesity epidemic, scientists were told yesterday...

...Professor Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force, called for a revolution in urban planning to encourage people to use cars less and public transport more – The Times

A clear majority of western Europeans regard Russia as an unreliable energy supplier but remain resistant to paying more for alternative supplies from renewable energy sources. An FT/Harris poll found that a majority of respondentsin the UK, Germany, France and Italy were opposed to Russian companies investing in their countries - although 55 per cent of Spanish respondents favoured such investments - Financial Times

Employees are cashing in on lax expenses controls and pocketing at least £1bn a year from false claims, almost a quarter of the total paid out by companies last year, say researchers. Fraudulent expense claims account for around £350M while another £670M should never have been paid because the items were not covered by company policy, according to a survey based on more than 4.8M expense sheets from over 100,000 employees in 140 companies. The total outlay was an estimated £5.8bn last year - The Daily Telegraph

Lie detector tests that analyse voice changes in telephone conversations are being used to catch benefit cheats. One local authority has saved more than £336,000 during a pilot scheme, according to a report published today – The Times

You'd hope, wouldn't you, that the government department responsible for energy to heat our homes, power our cars and so on would be on top of two key issues - a switch to a low-carbon economy and the possibility that oil might run out sooner than we thought. Both these issues should concern us greatly and, indeed, there is growing discussion of them everywhere. But, the Department of Business as Usual (DBERR) doesn't seem to be on the case at all - The Guardian

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