The former capital of the East German state of Saxony, Dresden, faces the prospect of losing its hard-won and recently gained status as a Unesco world heritage site because of an apparently un-winnable dispute over a road traffic bridge project.
Despite opposition, Dresden's city government this week announced its intention to press ahead with plans for the construction of an 800m-long, four lane bridge that will cross the Elbe just upstream from the city, in an attempt to reduce growing traffic congestion The Independent
A new generation of small green companies is emerging with radical but proven ideas to revolutionise engineering and create anything from intelligent fridges to colossal wind turbines moored at sea. The designers hope their projects will transform energy supplies and cut carbon emissions in the next 20 years. They include huge wind turbines, more powerful than any seen before, anchored to the seabed 20 miles off the coast; fridges that monitor the national grid to use less power; a desalination plant that is also a theatre; and a tidal lagoon that protects the coast while generation electricity The Guardian
General Electric, BP and one of the world's biggest shipping companies Wilhelmsen will today announce that they are creating an unprecedented consortium to share technologies that will help improve their environmental performance. The Global Leadership and Technology Exchange will allow companies to combine key parts of their research to help create environmentally friendly solutions. One of the first projects is to design a new method of propelling freight ships, possibly with the use of fuel cells of solar technology The Telegraph
Godalming is back in the limelight. The Surrey town, mentioned in the will of Alfred the Great, gained renown back in 1881 when it became the first conurbation in the UK to benefit from a public electricity supply. In fact, it was the first place in the world to be illuminated by electric street lighting.Now, as it celebrates the 125th anniversary of this electric milestone, part of the town is once again bathed in a new light. Godalming claims it is the first to install low-energy lighting that makes it easier to see people and features, as well as being environmentally friendly The Telegraph
It was the storm that laid waste to an area along the US Gulf Coast about the size of England, in the process wreaking havoc on one of America's legendary cities. It also changed the perception of the a presidency, perhaps forever. Today George Bush returns to New Orleans, exactly a year after Hurricane Katrina, on his 13th visit since the storm, for an anniversary that has been designated a national day of remembrance. Katrina was not only the most expensive national's disaster in US history, leaving an insurance bill for the devastation in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama of some $60bn (£32bn). The total cost - human and emotional as well as economic - has been far higher still The Independent
Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire over corroded gas pipes, just days after BP was forced to shut down production at an oilfield in Alaska due to severe pipeline corrosion. A shareholder group has lambasted Shell for letting gas pipes corrode in Ireland. Canon Christopher Hall, a Shell shareholder and spokesman for the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), said he has alerted Shell in May to the corroded pipeline sections which await installation to bring gas ashore from the Corrib field. They have been stored for years in the open air in a quarry at Killybegs, Co Donegal The Independent