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In the papers today - 25 April

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone admitted yesterday that the company charged with renewing three-quarters of the underground network could collapse, as he announced a significant increase in engineering work on the tube system.
Metronet is struggling to offset a projected £750m overspend and could face insolvency if shareholders refuse to plug the gap. Mr Livingstone said: 'It is quite possible that the shareholders will opt for insolvency.' If Metronet did go under, London Underground management would intervene to take over maintenance and renewal work, he said. - The GuardianChina may overtake the United States as the world's biggest source of greenhouse gases within months, one of the world's leading energy analysts predicted yesterday. Dr Fatih Birol, chief economist of the Paris-based International Energy Agency, said the country's economic growth had been so fast in 2006 and 2007 that the historic global shift of climate-changing emissions from west to east which was previously predicted for 2009 or 2010 could now happen by November. - The GuardianItaly's government is considering measures to replenish the country's biggest river and curb electricity consumption as unusually hot weather raises fears of a prolonged drought and power blackouts this summer. - The GuardianAlmost one in five private finance initiative projects are still not making their owners money, a survey of almost 100 of them has shown. Profitability has improved since 2005, when the study was last conducted. 83% of contracts are profitable, with a quarter reporting 'better than expected' profits. But the survey found almost 20 per cent still did not make money, with almost 40 per cent saying they were making less money than expected. - Financial TimesAn Earth-like planet that may be capable of supporting extra-terrestrial life has been discovered orbiting a distant star. Gliese 581c is three times the diameter of Earth and is the only small planet yet to be found in another solar system that orbits in the 'Goldilocks zone' around a star where the conditions for life are just right. The TimesRichard Pike, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has called for maths to be compulsory in school to the age of 18 and says that school league tables should be scrapped. Pike claims that teachers encourage students to drop maths and take easier subjects to boost their school's ranking. The TimesUrban robins living in noisy areas sing at night because they are more likely to be heard, according to research published yesterday - The IndependentThe 'travelling circus' between the European Parliament's two homes pumps the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere as 4,000 London homes and undermines MEPs' credibility on green issues, according to a report by researchers from the University of York and Stockholm Environment Institute - The Independent

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