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In the papers today - Friday 5 December

The government has launched an attack on airlines refusing to take climate change seriously. Environment minister Ian Pearson said that Ryanair was 'the irresponsible face of capitalism', that British Airways was 'only just playing ball', and that the US industry is 'completely irresponsible', and 'a disgrace' - The Guardian
The Taiwanese government have finally unveiled its Shinkansen - or bullet train. It is the first bullet train to be built outside Japan, and will reduce the 215 mile trip from Taipei to Kaohsiung to 90 mins. The next will be the CTRL Kent to London commuter service, due to open in 2009 -The IndependentSheep and cows bred to be less 'windy' could have a crucial part in fighting global warming, according to Sir John Houghton, a climate change expert. He claims that trails in New Zealand have shown a dramatic reduction in methane emitted from both end of cattl3e and sheep. Flatulent livestock reportedly contribute 20-30% of the global warming problem. - The TelegraphThe EU is set to step up its fight against uncompetitive practices in Europe's energy markets after an inquiry by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Her report, to be unveiled next week, has found evidence of collusion by some of the Continent's biggest energy companies.The TimesBritish Airways said it carried 1.3% fewer passengers last month than a year previously. The number of passengers declined from 2.73M to 2.69M. The load factor - how full the planes are - also fell, by 0.3% to 73.9%. In the same period, Ryanair took 19% more passengers, up to 3.36M passengers, with a load factor of 81%, down from 82% in the same period last year. - The TimesWiltshire's oldest white horse received a fresh coat yesterday after a cleaning and repainting operation by English Heritage. Known as the Westbury horse, it was resurfaced with concrete in the 1950s and painted to stop the chalk crumbling but had since become grey since its last clean-up -The Independent

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