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In the papers today - 24th June 2008

More than 60 Labour MPs are threatening to derail plans to weaken people's long-standing rights to oppose the building of new nuclear power stations...

... and airport runways in their own "backyards". Ministers want to hand the final decisions to an unelected quango, and Labour whips are trying to head off a backbench rebellion when the bill is debated tomorrow - The Independent

Opportunities for "greenwashing" - the method by which companies appear more environmentally friendly than they really are may be limited when the government launches its new Carbon Trust Standard certificate. Companies awarded the certificate will have to had reduce greenhouse gas emissions rather than simply offsetting them - The Independent

Buying a house in an eco-town would cost at least £300,000, a report has claimed, challenging the Government's pledge that the settlements would provide "affordable" housing. A study of the eco-town planned near Stratford-upon-Avon warned that providing the infrastructure to reduce its carbon footprint is likely to cost up to three times the £100M estimated by the developers of 6,00 eco-homes at Middle Quinton, Warwickshire - The Daily Telegraph

CBI director-general Richard Lambert has warned politicians that the economic downturn is no reason for them to get distracted from taking urgent action to tackle climate change and secure the UK's future energy supply. Speaking yesterday at a conference on sustainability, Mr Lambert said energy and the environment were at the top of business's long-term priorities - The Daily Telegraph

Business concerns are growing over the UK Border Agency's ability to process visa applications. It is understood that the agency is still handling general work permit applications as well as those submitted by highly skilled migrants from late March and early April - The Daily Telegraph

Intercity travel could be switched to a new generation of high speed lines that would halve the journey time between London and Glasgow, Network Rail said yesterday. Under a new Network Rail study, five routes would be considered for new lines that could carry passengers between London and UK cities at 180 mph - The Guardian

A man was found drunk and asleep in a motorised wheelchair on a road near Cairns, Australia. He was found slumped in the stationary vehicle in an exit lane and cars were swerving around him. He was six times over the legal alcohol limit - The Guardian

Gordon Brown is to delay any cabinet reshuffle until Autumn at the earliest, and intends to retain Alistair Darling as chancellor - The Guardian

A new era of travel was foreshadowed on Monday as Iain Coucher, chief executive of Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s mainline railways, confirmed it was launching a review that could lead to up to five more lines. But the inquiry into the feasibility of new routes is just the latest contribution to a debate that is far more complex than many who yearn for continental super-trains might imagine. Coucher warned that new signalling systems and other improvements would no longer be sufficient to increase capacity. He insisted that not all the lines would necessarily run trains at the 300kph-plus speeds common in France, Germany, Spain and Italy – although that looks to be the most likely option for the majority – The Financial Times

A company hoping to build Britain's largest onshore gas storage facility is to renew its bid to win planning permission for a site on the Lancashire coast. The plan was turned down by the government last year. Canatxx, a privately-owned US company, will announce on Tuesday that it intends to re-submit its application to build a controversial £300M gas storage facility in salt caverns at Preesall, near Fleetwood in Lancashire. If it goes ahead, the facility would increase Britain's gas storage capacity by 30% – The Financial Times

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