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In the papers today - 10 January

Britons spend 15% of their income on transport - more than anyone else in Europe, according to a study for the BBC by the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Commuters also travel further to get to work and spend twenty minutes more in transit every week than they did 10 years ago - The Times
Europe will be devastated by climate change, the European Union predicts today. The ecosystems that have underpinned all European societies will be disabled by remorselessly rising temperatures, EU scientists forecast in a report - The IndependentThe crisis over Russian oil supplies escalated into a full-scale confrontation with Europe yesterday as Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, condemned Moscow's decision to turn off the tap as 'unacceptable'. The comments came after Russia halted supplies to several countries, including Poland, after a dispute with Belarus over exports through the Druzhba pipeline- The IndependentRecent rises in interest rates and raw material costs failed to take the shine off a good year for the construction industry, it emerged yesterday, as four UK builders and support services groups published upbeat trading statements and predicted another good year for 2007. Alfred McAlpine, the infrastructure support group, said its profits for 2006 were set to come in at the top end of expectations, claiming that its strong growth had been driven by an extension of existing contracts as well as a number of key new business wins - The IndependentA petition against Government plans to force motorists to pay as they drive had more than 150,000 signatures last night. The number of signatories, collected at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/traveltax/, has almost doubled in a week and at the current rate of progress the total will be in excess of 500,000 when the petition is taken down on February 20 - The Daily TelegraphTony Blair tried last night to restore his green credentials by announcing that he would offset carbon emissions from his family's holiday travel. Downing Street made the concession after the two lobby briefings yesterday were dominated by Mr Blair's insistence that he had no intention of cutting back on personal flights - The GuardianThe Treasury is poised to raid a multimillion-pound lottery fund supporting thousands of community projects to help pay for the soaring costs of the Olympics, the chairman of the body warns today. Sir Clive Booth, of the Big Lottery Fund, fears 'dark forces in Whitehall' are planning to plunder the cash pot to help plug the £900m Olympic funding shortfall - The Guardian

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