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In the papers today - Monday 23rd July

It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change, a major new scientific study will reveal this week, as the country reels from summer downpours of unprecedented ferocity.
More intense rainstorms across parts of the northern hemisphere are being generated by man-made global warming, the study has established for the first time an effect which has long been predicted but never before proved - The IndependentMuch of Britain's road and rail services, plunged into chaos by days of torrential rain, gradually returned to normal yesterday as flood water in many areas began to recede. However, there were still severe problems in parts of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, with roads closed and towns cut off due to large areas remaining under water. Rail services in these areas were still badly affected, with travellers warned that one line could be closed for at least a week - The Guardian Commuters must not be made to endure big fare increases to pay for a multibillion pound overhaul of the railway network, the national rail passenger watchdog has warned. Passenger Focus said the blueprint for the national rail network between 2009 and 2014, due to be published tomorrow, which could cost as much as £29bn, must contain a pledge to review a recent spate of proposed ticket price increases - The Guardian Tube Lines, the London Underground contractor co-owned by the Spanish conglomerate Ferrovial, is expected to avoid the pitfalls that brought down its rival maintenance firm Metronet by bidding for only one of its public-private partnership contracts. The company is widely tipped to enter the process after the London mayor, Ken Livingstone, said he expected a declaration of interest - The GuardianAt least 26 people were killed and 24 injured when a coach transporting Polish pilgrims plunged off a bridge and burst into flames on a riverbank in the French alps this week. French police said that the vehicle missed a sharp bend in the road at the end of a notoriously dangerous descent near Grenoble - The TimesAirlines, car dealers, power companies and petrol stations would have to ask customers to pay a green levy under plans outlined by MPs this week. Taxi companies, diesel train operators and sellers of patio heaters would also fall foul of a law aimed at businesses that emit large amounts of carbon dioxide - The TimesDevelopers of a skyscraper being built in Dubai claim that it is already the world's tallest building. The Burj Dubai - which will include corporate suite and luxury apartments among its 160 floors when it opens next year - is said to have surpassed the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which stands at 508m - The TimesHeathrow is at risk of further significant disruption to airline and passenger services after the opening of Terminal 5 in March next year, BAA believes. BAA's concern prompted the airport operator to ask its regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, to consider suspending a penalty regime relating to service quality that requires BAA to pay rebates to airlines if the airport fails to meet certain service quality standards - The TimesA 'carrot-and-stick' approach aimed at forcing local councils and private sector developers to address the UK's housing crisis will be outlined by government this week. Seeking the release of land, a so-called 'housing and delivery grant' will direct extra resources to councils that build the most houses while penalising those who have not identified at least five years' worth of sites ready for development - The Financial TimesThe head of the Environment Agency said yesterday the government would have to spend much more on flood defences than Gordon Brown has promised, mounting a direct appeal for extra funding as the crisis escalated. Baroness Young warned that the effects of climate change meant more investment was essential and that about £1bn a year was needs to improve defences - The Financial TimesPlans to create extra capacity on Britain's overcrowded railways,including 1,300 new carriages, will be at the heart of an official review to be unveiled this week. Longer trains and platforms, fresh spending on signalling and big station upgrades at Birmingham and Reading are expected to be proposed as part of government efforts to ease the pain for long-suffering commuters and to cut journey times - The Financial Times Kensington councillors will today decide whether to give the go-ahead to the latest block of luxury flats from Candy&Candy, the interior design and development managers. Under the proposals, two Thistle hotels built in the Victorian era will be replaced with a 97-apartment scheme looking out on to Kensington Gardens - The Financial TimesThe revitalisation of the marine industry, with an emphasis on smaller, innovative companies, is at the heart of a plan to boost the economies of Southampton and Portsmouth. With a history steeped in maritime and heavy industry, the economy of urban south Hampshire has faded over the past couple of decades as large corporations have moved out or decreased their operations in the regions - The Financial TimesThe German government is planning to float up to 30 per cent of state railway Deutsche Bahn for Eu5bn-Eu6bn next year, a volume not seen for an initial public offering since Deutsche Post made its debut in November 2000 - The Financial TimesThe restructuring of Airbus will step up a gear this week with Europe's struggling aircraft maker set to receive indicative proposals this week from a group of leading aerospace suppliers to take over several of its manufacturing sites in Germany, France and the UK. The sell-off is key to Airbus's efforts to reorganise its manufacturing around Europe with the disposal of six of its seventeen sites to partners, as the group seeks to cut costs and spread the capital risk of future aircraft programmes - The Financial Times

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