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In the papers today - 5 September

Construction activity in the UK accelerated last month to its fastest rate in five months despite a sharp fall in house building, a survey showed yesterday. The Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply said its index for the sector rose to 54.5 in August from 53.2 in July, driven by commercial building activity - The Independent
The rapid rise in greenhouse gases over the past century is unprecedented in at least 800,000 years, according to a study of the oldest Antarctic ice core which highlights the reality of climate change. Air bubbles trapped in ice for hundreds of thousands of years have revealed that humans are changing the composition of the atmosphere in a manner that has no known natural parallel - The IndependentA coalition of consumer groups, including Energywatch, has called for energy suppliers to stop charging the poor more for energy. Millions of low income homes use pre-paid meters but it costs them up to £173 more for gas and up to £113 more for electricity a year compared with billed customers - The TimesThe world has just ten years to stop global warming from running out of control, according to climate scientists. Carbon levels in the atmosphere were building up so fast, they said, that they would be self-sustaining by about 2026 - The TimesAirbus, the troubled French plane-maker part owned by BAE, has removed the head of its A380 superjumbo programme, Charles Champion, two months after admitting damaging delays to the flagship project that wiped billions off its stock market value. Mr Champion joins former Airbus chief executive Gustav Humbert and Noel Forgeard, the co-head of Airbus's parent group EADS, as casualties of the A380 woes - The TimesRussia's electricity monopoly is launching a drive to attract £42bn of investment, mostly from private investors, into the country's overstretched electricity sector over five years, in the biggest infrastructure upgrade since Soviet times. The investment plan devised by Russia's Unified Energy System was made possible by a breakthrough government agreement last week to introduce market mechanisms into wholesale electricity prices after decades of state regulation kept them well below international levels - The Financial Times

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