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In the papers today - Friday 26 October

Speed cameras are to be installed on large sections of the motorway network under a government plan to reduce congestion and vehicle emissions by cutting and strictly enforcing the speed limit at peak times...

The plan was announced as the Department for Transport published forecasts that congestion will rise by 28 per cent by 2025 – The Times

BP last night sought to draw a line under two years of damage to its troubled North American operations by agreeing to pay fines totalling £182 to US authorities to settle violations linked to a refinery explosion, oil pipeline leaks and fraud in energy trading – Financial Times

Businesses face closer scrutiny of its public sector work and potentially tougher curbs on data sharing, under a significant shake-up of information laws announced by Gordon Brown yesterday - Financial Times

On the day that the Bank of England warned of growing risks to the commercial property market, London-listed Delek Global Real Estate pulled out of a £1.4bn deal to buy a large European property portfolio - Financial Times

The public sector looks set to regain direct control of maintenance and upgrade work on two-thirds of the London Underground after TfL lodged a formal bid to take over Metronet Rail, the failed private contractor – Financial Times

A builder who claims he was brought to the edge of bankruptcy by tax delays and errors scored a legal victory yesterday which opens the way for the first time for taxpayers sue HM Revenue and Customs for compensation for negligence - TheGuardian

High levels of air pollution are a "legitimate concern" for anyone taking part in next year's Beijing Olympics, the United Nations Environment Programme said yesterday – Financial Times

Capita has lost the contract to run the congestion charge in London, arguably the outsourcing company's most high profile piece of business – The Guardian

Mortgage lending has fallen to a seven-year low, as further evidence emerges of a cooling down in the housing market. According to the British Bankers' Association (BBA) mortgage lending last month plunged by 27 per cent to its lowest September level in seven years – The Daily Telegraph

The "point of no return" for the world's environment is being approached and Britain's economy could be crippled by the cost of catastrophic natural changes, according to a landmark UN report – The Daily Telegraph

The speed at which mankind has used the Earth's resources over the past 20 years has put "humanity's very survival" at risk, a study involving 1,400 scientists has concluded. The environmental audit, for the United Nations, found that each person in the world now requires a third more land to supply his or her needs than the Earth can supply – The Times

Clean-up work at all of the defunct nuclear reactors in the South of England is to be halted amid funding problems at the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, The Times has learnt. In its business plan, to be published next month, the NDA is expected to say that resources will be moved to Sellafield and the clean-up work will be suspended at the Sizewell A, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Bradwell and Berkeley magnox reactors – The Times

The EU and America are expected to agree early next month international standards for trading biofuels that could see a huge expansion in the global market for alternative sources of power, such as jatropha, senior US diplomats said yesterday – Guardian

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