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In the papers today - Friday 2 May

The world's longest sea bridge was formally opened yesterday linking Shanghai to the industrial city of Ningbo across Hangzhou Bay in China.

The 35km bridge will reduce the driving distance between the eastern side of Shanghai and the port town of Ningbo by 120km - The Guardian

Shell's surprise decision to pull out of the world's biggest offshore windfarm, the 341-turbine London Array in the Thames Estuary, has thrown into doubt Britain's attractiveness as a site for offshore wind farms - The Financial Times

London and the Thames Gateway are at particular risk of flooding caused by climate change, a report says today, pointing to the scale of housing development planned in the region and danger to the Capital's financial district - The Financial Times

Capital values in the UK's commercial property market fell 4.6% in the first quarter, taking the total return on property investments to -3.3%, and the annualised total return for the year to March to -9.7% - The Financial Times

Some of Silicon Valley's most successful venture capital firms have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few weeks to invest in green technologies - The Financial Times

The Government's plans to ease the UK's housing shortage by building some two million new homes by 2016 were close to collapse last night, as official figures revealed that private and public housing starts slumped in the first quarter of this year. The Government wants to see 240,000 new properties built each year, but is already behind on its targets with only 200,000 homes completed in 2007 - The Independent

Shell was yesterday accused of being greedy and irresponsible as it came under renewed attack for pulling out of the world's biggest offshore wind project. Environmentalists and politicians led a chorus of disapproval against the company's decision to drop its commitment to London Array, which it is hoped will provide 25% of the capital's electricity when it is completed - The Guardian

Sherford, the Prince of Wales's south Devon ecotown for 12,000 people, has been granted planning permission .The first homes will come with a free bicycle, and giant wind turbines will power mandatory low-energy light bulbs - The Guardian

A plan to build a £140M national sports stadium on the site of the Maze prison in Northern Ireland is to be abandoned amid opposition from unionists. The province's finance minister, Peter Robinson, will announce that the project is effectively dead in one of his last acts before succeeding Ian Paisley as first minister at the end of the month, according to unionist sources - The Guardian

Gordon Brown has suffered his biggest Commons rebellion since taking over as a prime minister, when 33 Labour MPs - half his majority - voted for an amendment to the energy bill that would have encouraged the takeup of renewable energy technologies. Although the amendment was defeated, the introduction of a feed-in tariff, which rewards renewable generators of electricity with a fixed price for electricity they supply to the grid, has drawn widespread support from MPs and organisations - The Guardian

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