Companies developing alternative ways of treating household and commercial waste see the decision to dramatically escalate landfill tax as a 'watershed moment' for the industry.
Chancellor Gordon Brown has put the cost of landfill up by £8 per tonne from 2008 until 2011 - The Daily Telegraph
Londoners' water bills could rise by £40 per year, consumer groups warned yesterday, after the government backed Thames Water's plans to build a £2bn sewer running underneath the River Thames. The proposed 32km long, 7m wide Tideway Tunnel is designed to stop untreated sewage flowing into the Thames and will be paid for in the main by the utility firm's customers - Financial Times
Householders will be banned from filling their swimming pools during water shortages under proposals unveiled today. Hot tubs and splash pools will be similarly outlawed during droughts - The Times
A party of schoolchildren had a day trip to Hampton Court Palace ruined when their coach driver used a satellite navigation system and ended up in a north London side street called Hampton Court in Islington - The Daily Telegraph
Chancellor Gordon Brown faced more criticism over the environment as MPs claimed that Green taxes would decline, despite a range of measures in the Budget. Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman, said that the Budget was 'half-hearted' and Brown had failed to ratchet up the tax on pollution needed to curb carbon emissions.The Independent
European transport ministers took the historic step of approving an open skies pact to liberalise the transatlantic airline market yesterday, triggering a scramble to launch new services from Heathrow to major US cities. Several UK and US carriers announced their intention of beginning flights from what is the world's busiest international airport after the UK fell in line and decided to support the draft aviation agreement signed three weeks ago in Brussels - The Independent