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In the papers today - 20th July

Research by consultant Hyder shows the UK is in the grip of an environmental revolution. Around 95% of Britons surveyed said they were recycling household rubbish. Ten years ago that figure was only 7.5% The Independent
A massive increase in demand for electricity to power fans and air-conditioning systems during the UK's heatwave has seen power prices quadruple since Monday. There are fears of more costly domestic bills as electricity firms are forced to pay up to £300 per megawatt hour compared to £81 earlier in the week The GuardianThe Serious Fraud Office yesterday launched an investigation into whether Southern Water deliberately misled water regulator Ofwat about its failure to meet customer service standards. Southern admitted that figures it provided to Ofwat relating to response times for billing inquiries and service complaints from customers were inaccurateThe GuardianCommunities and Local Government Secretary Ruth Kelly will today announce plans to strengthen the powers of local authorities to reject planning applications for new homes and business premises that are poorly designed. From 10 August all designs must submit a 'statement of design and access principals' with their planning applications The TimesDavid Milliband this week backed the idea of personal carbon rationing using smart credit cards that record an individuals energy use. The idea was originally floated by former environment minister Elliot Morley The TelegraphThe Red Sea is parting in a way that could create a new ocean basin and redraw the map of Africa and Arabia, geologists claimed this week. A huge rift that appeared last year along a fault in the Afar desert in Ethiopia, where the African and Arabian tectonic plates meet, has provided the strongest indication yet of how the plates are separating to create a new seaThe TelegraphRelated links:Today's top stories

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