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In the papers today - Tuesday 3 April

China is battling to dispel concerns over the dismal conditions in which workers are building infrastructure for the Beijing Olympics after six men died while building an underground railway.
Police and state media have moved quickly to expose those believed to be responsible for the accident, in which a tunnel on the new line connecting Beijing to the Olympic village collapsed - The Daily TelegraphEveryday hazards, such as inhaling polluted city air or other people's cigarette smoke, are potentially worse for your health than being exposed to the radioactive fallout of an atomic bomb, according to new research. A study of radiation exposure caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 and the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant suggests that they have posed similar or lower health risks to survivors than the more prevalent problems of air pollution, smoking and obesity - The TimesCoal is trickling out of a Yorkshire mine for the first time in 13 years. Hargreaves Services, the country's biggest independent coal producer, has bought a pit and there are rumblings about re-opening five mines in south Wales - The Daily TelegraphSpeeding motorists face a postcode lottery, with cameras in some parts of the country 'flashing' them for breaking the speed limit by three or four miles an hour, while those in other areas fail to go off until the limit is exceeded by 10 or 15mph, research has shown. A study of speed cameras by researchers at Oxford University's Said Business School reveals wide variations in the way speed cameras are operated across the country - The GuardianA sailor who managed to contain a fatal fire on a nuclear submarine despite suffering serious injuries was commended by his commanding officer yesterday. Two crew members were killed in the accident on board HMS Tireless as it took part in an exercise in the Arctic Circle two weeks ago. The submarine made an emergency ascent through the ice after the explosion - The GuardianEurope has gained a new source of renewable energy with the inauguration of the Continent's first-ever 'power tower' at the centre of a field of mirrors near the southern Spanish town of Sanlúcar la Mayor. The 115m high tower absorbs the Sun's heat reflected from the mirrors and uses it to power a steam-driven generator - The GuardianFrance's famous TGV, the Train à Grande Vitesse, is about to get even faster. The high-speed train will try to break its own world record today by rocketing along at least 335mph. French rail officials confirmed the attempt would go ahead after checking weather forecasts - The GuardianConstruction groups will be forced to keep a paper trail of their building materials under a government drive to cut the amount of waste going into landfill sites or being dumped illegally. All building projects worth more than £250,000 will have to draw up 'site waste management plans' assessing how much rubble and waste they will produce and how it can be recycled of disposed of - Financial TimesThe chairman of Eurotunnel warned yesterday that the company will be forced into liquidation by the middle of next month unless shareholders agree to back a debt-for-equity swap to resolve the Channel Tunnel operator's financial crisis. Jacques Gounon appealed to the company's army of small investors to support the deal when the vote takes place on 15 May, or face a total wipeout - The Independent

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