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In the papers today - 3rd July 2006

Labour could force all homeowners to erect £3,000 wind turbines on their houses.
The possibility was described by Trade and Industry Minister Alistair Darling yesterday.He said there is an urgent need for homeowners to become more efficient and use more renewable energy, and this could come from micro-generation. The measures are expected to be included in the energy review later this month.The MailThe next hurricane to hit Florida will cost insurers $100bn (£54.2bn)according to Lloyd's of London this week. Increasing migration to coastal areas and severity of storms is putting more pressure on insurers.Lloyd's head of loss modelling Paul Nunn said that rising sea levels and warmer water off the west coast of US make another New Orleans experience increasingly likely.Lloyd's director Rolf Tolle said that insurers were failing to take the risks seriously enoughThe GuardianProtestors are set to camp outside power stations in Yorkshire to highlight the high levels of cabon emitted from the plants. The drax power station is the main target of the 10 day demonstration, which will begin in August. For more information go to GuardianA plan to install a 9m solar powered stairlift on a rocky outcrop in Dartmoor has been described as 'just bonkers' by environmentalists. Planning consent is being sort by artist Alex Murdin for a 500m zig-zag granite pathway and the stairlift to aid disabled people to the top of the tourist attraction.MetroSurfers fear a scheme to create a wave-driven electricity farm on the Cornish coast will bring an end to the areas massive swells. The £20M Wave Hub project could be sited ten miles off of St Ives Bay and produce enough electricity to power 7,500 homes. MetroEight people died and six were injured in two car crashes over the weekend. In Suffolk two 18 year old girls and the 15 year old sister of one were killed when their car was involved in a head-on collision on the A12 at 12.50am on Saturday. The male driver of the other car was also killed. In Northern Ireland two girls aged 16 and 17 and two men aged 21 were killed when their Honda Civic left the road near Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. The TimesConsumer electronics will use double the energy by 2010 with set-top boxes alone costing up to £780M a year to run, according to an Energy Savings Trust report.The TimesDangerous drivers who kill on the roads will face tougher sentences as a result of a full-scale review into how fatal traffic accidents are prosecuted. Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald wants the review because killer drivers often escape with a fine. The TimesRelated links:Today's top stories

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