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In the papers today- Monday 4th February

Ambitious plans to meet up to a third of Britain’s energy needs from offshore wind farms are in jeopardy because the Ministry of Defence objects that the turbines interfere with its radar.

The MoD has lodged last minute objections to at least four onshore wind farms in the line of sight of its stations on the east coast because they make it impossible to spot aircraft, The Times has learnt - The Times

The large subsidies paid by electricity users to fund the drive towards wind power are generating profits for existing wind farm owners - while producing few new turbines. A huge expansion of wind energy is needed to meet the government's climate change targets and the amount of subsidy paid to renewable power generators through consumers' electricity bills will rise from more than £600M a year to £3bn a year by 2020 - The Financial Times

A United Nations scheme to promote carbon-reducing power projects in poor countries has come under threat as Europe tightens the rules governing the trade carbon permits in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme - The Times

Oracle Global, the recruitment company named by an MP in connection with the chaos on the railways over the New Year, has denied any involvement with the engineering works which disrupted the journeys of thousands of passengers when they overran - The Daily Telegraph

Grand plans to build a host of eco-friendly, carbon neutral towns hit another snag yesterday as hundreds of locals turned out in Warwickshire to protest against a development in their area. Dozens of proposed sites have been put forward across the country for what the Government hopes will be a new generation of environmentally friendly developments, and ministers want building to start on 10 projects by 2020 - The Independent

The rail regulator has urged the government to extend its remit to include fare increases, creating a "fares champion". Chris Bolt, the chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation, said giving the ORR oversight on tickets would protect passengers more effectively - The Guardian

Britain's biggest companies are being urged to radically alter the way they pay their directors by linking their bonuses to non-financial measures such as environmental protection and the safety of employees. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, which represents public sector pension funds with £85bn of assets, has already urged is members to oppose pay policies at oil companies BP and Shell because they do not include any reference to the safety of employees - The Guardian

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