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In the papers - Monday 19 November 2007

Grants for home installation of solar panels and wind turbines have plummeted despite the Government's publicly stated commitment to promote renewable energy, official figures show...

Household payments under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme have tumbled from £536,000 a month before the rules of the scheme were changed in May, to £219,000 afterwards - a fall of 59 per cent - The Independent

Damien Hirst is breathing fresh life into the renewable energy industry by ordering the country's second largest solar power system. Hirst is to spend up to £1.5M on a 310kw solar power system for his studio buildings in Stroud, Gloucestershire – The Guardian

Gordon Brown will today make his first environment speech as prime minister, promising that he is willing to raise the British target to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 – The Guardian

Lawyers are warning employers that they could be laying themselves open to large compensation claims if they force workers to retire at 65 – even though the current law allows them to do so – The Guardian

Britain's steelworkers are lobbying the government and the European Commission for the industry to be given special treatment within the European Union's emissions trading scheme – The Guardian

A new voluntary standard to certify the value of carbon offsets will be launched today to provide reassurance to companies looking for ways to cancel out the effect of their activities on the environment Developed by a range of business, government and non-governmental organisations, the Voluntary Carbon Standard aims to boost confidence in the carbon offset market and encourage companies to take a lead on tackling climate change by going carbon neutral – The Financial Times

The Conservatives will this week propose that most schools should be released from the control of local authorities, along the model of city academies, in a bid to help disadvantaged children – The Guardian

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