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In the papers today - 10th June

A timetable to fit power stations with carbon dioxide capturing technology should be agreed by next year to avoid 'dangerous and irreversible' climate change, some of the world's leading scientists will say today...

...Britain's Royal Society has joined with science academies from other industrialised nations and five further countries, including China and India, to issue the warning in documents that will set the agenda for climate discussions at the G8 summit in Japan next month - The Guardian

One of the government's flagship eco-towns could cause extensive flooding to local towns and villages, experts warned today. Graham Jones, from the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, said the 15,000 property project at Pennbury, near Leicester, would quadruple the amount of water running into the river Sence – The Daily Telegraph

British Energy rebuffed a £10bn plus takeover offer from EDF last night, arguing that recent increases in wholesale energy prices justified a valuation higher than that proposed by the French energy group last month. A statement from British Energy whose one coal-fired and eight nuclear power stations generate one sixth of Britain's electricity, said that it had received a number of proposals but non had been above its closing share price on Friday of 735p, which valued the company at £11.75bn - The Times

A referendum should be held to test popular support for an ambitious road-charging scheme in Manchester, a business lobby group said yesterday, as Ruth Kelly unveiled a £2.8bn package of measures to tackle road congestion in the city – Financial Times

Mike Parker, chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL), which runs the Sellafield plant in West Cumbria, is being considered as the next head of Britain's nuclear clean-up body. BNFL, owned by the Government, is being broken up and sold to the private sector, which means Mr Parker's job will come to an end. When that happens, Mr Parker has expressed interest in taking on the role as chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which oversees all of the UK's nuclear sites that are no longer in operation – The Daily Telegraph

Ministers have activated emergency procedures with the oil industry ahead of a threatened four-day strike by tanker drivers, amid fears that filling stations across Britain could start running out of fuel from this weekend – Financial Times

A £50M supercomputer has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise. Engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and IBM achieved the result yesterday - The Independent

Leading figures in Britain's horse racing industry are threatening to move their animals overseas because of plans for more than 400 aircraft a day to circle over their stud farms. National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is proposing to create a new holding stack near Newmarket, Suffolk, for aircraft queuing to land at Stansted - The Times

More than 20 dolphins died after they became trapped in a creek as the tide fell near St Mawes, Cornwall. As some sent out distress cries, others swam up the estuary to help and also became trapped - The Times

Consumers and businesses are set for another steep rise on energy bills after the wholesale price of gas hit a record yesterday, driven up by the soaring cost of oil – Financial Times

Hyder consulting predicted a solid year of trading ahead, although annual pre-tax profits for the advisor on engineering design, planning and environmental projects fell 5% to £12.7M – Financial Times

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