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In the papers today - 22 September

Entrepreneur Richard Branson yesterday pledged £1.6bn to combat global warming.
Yesterday the chairman of Virgin pledged $3bn over the next 10 years to combat global warming. The offer was made in New York at the launch of the latest Clinton Global Initiative. The cash will come from expected profits from his airline and rail businesses The IndependentSir Menzies Campbell silenced critics within his party with a sprited closing speech to the Liberal Democrats conference in which he called for a free, fair and green Britain The IndependentMass tourism and climate change could lead to the destruction of some of the worlkd's leading holiday destinations, a Future World Travel report predicted yesterday. Global warming leading to hurricanes and coastal erosion coupled with increasing tourism is placing the future viabilty of holiday destinations such as Goa, the Florida Everglades, the Kathmandu Valley, the Great Barrier Reef and the Croatian Dalmation coast The IndependentA Guardian/ICM poll showing that voters believe David Cameron would make a more effective Prime Minister than Gordon Brown The GuardianHopes of plenty of winter rain to end the drought affecting much of south east England are fading according to a new long range forecast from the Met Office. It is now predicting average winter temperatures across Britain with colder spells towards the end of the season The GuardianThe spread of air conditioning has evened out the demand for power throughout the year, energy regulator Ofgem said today. Traditionally winter has been the peak season for energy demand but soaring temperatures are pushing up the demand for air conditioning and refrigeration. The Financial TimesAustralian energy group Alinta has joined the £7bn bid battle for Thames Water. If successful it will launch a A$4bn share issue underwritten by US investment bank JP Morgan. Three other bidders are also in the running including the Qatar Investment Office, Terra Firma and Macquarie The Financial Times

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