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In the papers today - Tuesday 20 May 2008

E.ON, the German utility, has earmarked two brownfield sites in Kent as possible locations for new nuclear power stations...

...The company is considering using its existing oil-fired power station at the Isle of Grain, near Sheerness, and its coal-fired plant at Kingsnorth, near Ashford, as sites to develop nuclear reactors, The Times has learnt - The Times

In an unprecedented move, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, will make an appearance at tomorrow's board meeting of the Association of British Insurers, where the trade body will press him on a range of issues including tax and regulation - The Independent

Drax, Europe's biggest polluter, signed a landmark deal yesterday that will allow it to produce 10% of its electricity from biomass ressources such as peanut husks and wood chips. The company has contracted Alstom, the French engineering giant, to add facilities capable of burning 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable biomass a year to the site of the country's largest coal-fired power station - The Independent

England's oldest golf course is slipping into the Bristol Channel, and players and locals have been ordered to allow it to happen and stop shoring up its sea defences by hand. As coastal erosion accelerates, the seventh and eighth holes at the 144 year old Royal North Devon Golf Club near Westward Ho! could disappear as early as next year, according to senior club members - The Guardian

English farmers could lose cash handouts from Brussels next year unless they agree to make environmental improvements to their land. The European Commission is to announce today an end to the controversial set-aside payment scheme - under which farmers were paid to leave about 8 per cent of their fields fallow - as part of further reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). Farmers will continue receiving payments from the EU, however, if they make environmental improvements to between 3% and 5% of their land. They will have to agree to keep field margins next to rivers, canals and streams out of production and free from pesticide sprays - The Times

Gordon Brown's plan to create a series of eco-towns risks widening social inequalities and hastening suburban sprawl in the countryside, a report published today concludes - Daily Telegraph

A composer who refused to pay £5 for a lost car parking ticket at a supermarket ended up in police custody for six hours, was interrogated, finger-printed and made to take a DNA test. Charles Lucy, 61, lifted an exit barrier to get out of a car park at Sainsbury's after arguing with staff - Daily Telegraph

Americans throw away more than a quarter of their food, equal to a pound in weight a day per person, according to a government study - Daily Telegraph

Companies are failing to act on the emissions-cutting advice provided to them using public money, because of the perceived costs. In most cases, the cost of cutting emissions is made up within a year or two in savings on energy and other resources, but companies are unwilling to take the steps necessary – Financial Times

As help flowed into China's earthquake-devastated Sichuan province last week, one of the first aid groups to arrive was Tzu Chi, a Buddhist charity from Taiwan. Tzu Chi was replicating a pattern that over the past decade has earned it a growing reputation among the global disaster relief community as a rapid responder to tragedies such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – Financial Times

Burma's military junta has given the go-ahead for its south east Asian neighbours to lead international relief and reconstruction efforts from Cyclone Nargis, which the regime estimates has caused £5bn in damage to the country – Financial Times

One of the largest City of London office developments is to go ahead, though in a redesigned form, following an out-of-court settlement between Spanish developer Metrovacesa and fund manager Legal & General. L&G had initiated proceedings to help force through the sale of the 1M sq ft Walbrook Square to Metrovacesa that had been pending since September when a deal was agreed for £240M – Financial Times

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