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In the papers - Monday, 21 January 2008

The construction of a high-speed train tunnel that could threaten the foundations of Barcelona's most popular tourist site is set to begin within months...

...Spain's government is to go ahead with controversial plans to build an underground train line that will pass within yards of the church of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s surreal and still unfinished opus - The Daily Telegraph

In an expanse of grey rock and dust in one of the harshest environments on earth, the United Arab Emirates is about to build what is being described as the world's first sustainable city, designed by British architect Lord Foster. Called Masdar - "the source" in Arabic - the walled city is intended to house 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses - The Guardian

Britain could be forced to quintuple the energy it takes from renewable sources to 15% by 2020 from 3% or less, under tough new green targets to be set out by the European Commission on Wednesday. The long awaited and controversial energy package, which sets out binding targets on greenhouse gas emissions, coincides with a second reading of the government's energy bill and new moves towards a decision on the Severn barrage project - The Guardian

Tractors are the latest target in Britain for an international criminal gang making millions from stealing top-of-the-range models which are smuggled abroad. Tractors, diggers, trailers and quad bikes are being transported openly and shipped overseas as far as Australia – The Times

Rail travel is more expensive in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, according to research – The Times

The British coastline is set for a dramatic increase in wind farms and tidal energy plants as the Government strives to meet a European target for renewable energy and the EU is likely to order Britain to raise its game from 2% of renewable energy to 15% by 2020 – The Times

A beach was closed yesterday after hundreds of tons of timber were washed ashore after falling from the deck of the Ice prince before sinking of Portland Bill on Tuesday – The Times

Indian experts have begun a six month project to clear the white marble archways, carvings and crannies of the world's greatest monument to love – the Taj Mahal – by coating them in a special mud – The Times

The construction of a high-speed train tunnel that could threaten the foundations of Barcelona's most popular tourist site is set to begin within months. Spain’s government is to go ahead with controversial plans to build an underground train line that will pass within yards of the church of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s surreal and still unfinished opus - The Daily Telegraph

Rail travel in Britain is more expensive than anywhere else in Europe, according to research. Figures released by the Liberal Democrats show that on average, £10 will buy a ticket for 43km travel by train in Britain, compared with 80km in France and 616km in Latvia -The Daily Telegraph

Sellafield, home of the world's first nuclear reactor, is being considered as the site for a new nuclear reactor by EDF, the French nuclear power giant – The Times

Britain is braced for more bad weather as forecasters warned last night that up to 203mm of snow could fall in some places with torrential rain elsewhere. A severe weather warning of heavy rain was issued for Wales and further warnings for snow and rain were expected to be made for parts of Scotland and northern England - The Daily Telegraph

An investment group backed by General Electric of the US has made an approach worth about £1.5bn for Biffa, the waste collection company. Global infrastructure partners (GIP) is inspecting Biffa's books after telling the company it could make an offer to rival a £1.2bm approach from the private equity firms Montagu & Hg Capital - Independent

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