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In the papers today - Friday 30 November

Sir Nicholas Stern, the government adviser on the economics of climate change and development, has urged nations to agree on ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions...

...or face the "destructive" consequences of global warming - The Guardian

UK house prices tumbled in November at their sharpest rate for more than 12 years, figures from a leading mortgage lender showed yesterday, in yet another sign that higher interest rates and the credit squeeze are taking the steam out of Britain's housing boom. The figures raised expectations among analysts that the Bank of England may cut interest rates when it meets next week, bringing much-needed relief for first-time buyers - The Guardian

The UK has slipped 10 places in a respected international league table for science teaching, in a substantial blow to the government's education record. Ministers were forced to defend another key part of the curriculum after a study for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development placed the country 14th in the world for science in schools - down from fourth in 2000 - The Guardian


It has become the home improvement of choice for the environmentally aware, but erecting a wind turbine on the side of your house could create more carbon dioxide than it actually saves, a study into their performance will reveal today. The Building Research Establishment Trust, which advises the government and private sector, has found that in built up towns and cities weak winds and turbulence mean turbines are likely to add to, not subtract from, a home's carbon footprint - The Guardian

Donald Trump's plans to build a £1bn golf resort along a stretch of unspoilt coastline have been dealt a potentially fatal blow – Daily Telegraph

Campaigners to save the pint, pound and mile were last night celebrating after a U-turn by Brussels in which it decided not to force the Government to drop imperial measures – Daily Telegraph

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has painted a stark picture of the British economy, warning of higher inflation and slowing growth – Daily Telegraph

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