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In the papers today - Monday 17 December

The country's first urban road pricing pilot scheme is on the point of collapse, The Daily Telegraph has learnt...

...With the Government having already shelved a national scheme, it is understood that the proposed local charging experiment in Greater Manchester is now in serious doubt following a cooling of interest from local councils. Cambridgeshire, the only other area to express any interest in road pricing trials, is also having second thoughts with the controlling Tory group on the county council split over the issue - Daily Telegraph

Britain's plans to build new coalfired power stations as part of the country's efforts to address its looming energy crisis will completely undermine the Bali agreement on climate change and discredit Gordon Brown's commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, according to one of the world's leading climate scientists. The warning will be made directly to the Prime Minister this week in a letter from James Hansen, the director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, who will urge Mr Brown to block plans to build up to eight new coal-fired power stations - the first in 30 years - The Independent

Slough, Berks, is the most dangerous town in the country for road accidents with an accident rate 35.7% above the national average in spite of a complex traffic calming system, according to a survey by Endsleigh Insurance services - Daily Telegraph

Environmental campaigners fear the Bali climate change plans are "fatally flawed", as the dust settles on last week's international talks. As the finer details of the Bali negotiations emerge, conservationists say the so-called "road map" to combat global warming lacks a destination - Daily Telegraph

London tap water has been rated superior to expensive mineral waters in a blind tasting conducted by some of the most sophisticated drinkers in the country. At less than 1p a litre, it beat 20 bottled waters, including some which sell for £50 a litre, in the survey conducted by Decanter, the wine drinkers' magazine. The panel, made up of Masters of Wine, top sommeliers and some of the most experienced palates in the country, voted tap water supplied by Thames Water third equal in a tasting of 24 products - Daily Telegraph

Rising natural gas and electricity prices are creating an unexpected problem for businesses this Winter, and another worry for the Bank of England - Financial Times

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