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In the papers today - 8 February

One in three homes built in recent years should not have been given planning permission and only 18% measure up to design standards.
This is according to a damning indictment of the industry by the government's architecture watchdog the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment - Financial TimesMotorists will be forced to change the way they drive to help car manufacturers meet strict new emission targets, the European Union announced yesterday. All new cars will be fitted with devices that will instruct drivers when to change gear, what speed to drive at and when to pump up tyres - The TimesTough new UK-style security measures were enforced upon Italian football stadiums last night forcing most matches to be played behind closed doors until clubs bring facilities up to strict standards. The Interior Ministry will decide today which stadiums comply with the new standards - The TimesA nature lover burnt himself to death yesterday in protest at the construction of a £800M airport in Japan that many believe to be a destructive 'white elephant' in a region of beautiful hills, woods and farms. Eisaku Inoue set fire to himself outside the offices of the governor of Shizuoka - The TimesThe Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) Swansea office became the seventh letter bomb target in three weeks yesterday. The possibility of a grudge-holding motorist is still being examined said the police. The London office of Capita, which runs the London congestion charging scheme, was targeted on Monday - The IndependentSpeed limits of 20mph in urban areas would reduce the high level of death and injury among children, according to Sir Ian Kennedy of the Healthcare Commission.His report, published this week with the Audit Commission, stated that 2M children suffered injuries requiring a trip to hospital accident and emergency. Alongside burns, falling down stairs and poisoning, road crashes were the top cause - The IndependentEnvironmental polluters could face 10 years in prison and fines of up to £900,000 under plans put forward by the European commissioner for justice and home affairs Franco Frattini tomorrow. Frattini's proposals, which he claims come in response to growing public concern over serious pollution, include action to tackle serious chemical releases, the dumping of hazardous waste illegal shipment of waste and 'other green crimes' - The IndependentClimate change will heat up the global economy and dominate the financial markets over the next 25 years, according to a new report by Barclays Capital. Rather than the devastating economic impact as suggested recently by, among others the Stern Report, Barclays believes that a new 'energy revolution' will drive new economic activity around the globe. The report suggests that the need to meet rising energy demands while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions will prompt a reaction that mirrors the kind of financial activity seen in the 1990s dotcom boom - The IndependentThe soaring cost of the London Olympics could threaten the existence and activity of charities across the UK. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, groups representing over 16,000 charity and community organisations warn that using Lottery cash to fund the Games will be 'disastrous' - The Daily TelegraphNational road pricing across the UK could be blocked by the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, the Department for Transport has admitted. Utter confusion is predicted after it was revealed that Scottish MPs would have to debate the plans, as would members of the Welsh Assembly, before the scheme could be introduced beyond the English borders - The Daily TelegraphAirports operator BAA will today call for a wholesale review of the regulatory framework governing its London airports Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, arguing that it is outmoded and contributes to growing congestion. BAA chief executive Stephen Nelson said that a comprehensive rethink wasnecessary to protect its customers and passengers. The comments come ahead of the Office of Fair Trading's decision over whether to refer BAA to the Competition Commission - The Daily Telegraph

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