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In the papers today - 20th July

The melting of mountain glaciers and ice caps as a result of global warming over the next century is likely to cause bigger than expected increases in sea levels. An assessment of the volume of water running into the oceans from melting ice caps suggests that sea levels could rise by two to three times the amount previously expected from this source - The Independent
The budget for the 2012 Olympic Games could eventually exceed £10 billion, a powerful Commons committee warned yesterday. 'Significant uncertainty' over costs could take the final bill past the Government's latest £9.3 billion estimate because the Olympic Development Agency does not know how much contractors will charge - The Daily Telegraph Tony Douglas has quit as chief executive of Heathrow Airport just as its congested terminals face their busiest weeks of the year, straining to handle 200,000 passengers a day. Mr Douglas, 44, who last month admitted he saw things at Heathrow that made him 'cringe', has resigned from the board of airports operator BAA to become chief operating officer at construction group Laing O'Rourke. He takes up his post in the first week of August. Mark Bullock, Heathrow managing director, will take charge of the airport - The Daily TelegraphThe three-arched stone bridge that featured in the Oscar-nominated film The Field has been swept away by torrential rain, forcing drivers to take an 80-mile detour around the west of Ireland. The bridge, in the centre of the village of Leenane, had stood since 1825 on the edge of Killary harbour, the Republic's only fjord - The Guardian Brazilian prosecutors yesterday called for the immediate closure of Sao Paulo's domestic airport after the country's worst air disaster, as a second passenger plane was forced to abort its landing. Sao Paulo's governor, Jose Serra, admitted that the volume of air traffic at Congonhas, Brazil's busiest airport, needed to be drastically reduced after the accident on Tuesday night in which a plane belonging to Brazil's TAM airline veered off the runway and exploded in a warehouse, killing all 186 on board and three on the ground - The Guardian The Conservatives yesterday called for an investigation by the National Audit Office into public-private partnerships on the London Underground following the financial crisis at Metronet. The consortium, which was responsible for maintenance and renewal of two-thirds of the London Underground network, went into administration on Wednesday after failing to secure £550m extra cash from the taxpayer - The Guardian Jack Lemley, the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, was paid nearly £400,000 of taxpayers' money when he resigned last year, it emerged yesterday. Mr Lemley, who resigned last October, infuriated ministers by suggesting that the budget for the 2012 Games was running out of control and clean-up costs of the Olympic Park had been seriously underestimated - The Times

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