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In the papers today - Wednesday 25th July

Large-scale renewable energy projects will cause widespread environmental damage by industrialising vast swaths of countryside, a leading scientist claims. The warning follows an analysis of the amount of land that renewable energy resources, including wind farms, biofuel crops and photovoltaic solar cells, require to produce substantial amounts of power - The Guardian
The contract for building Britain's biggest-ever warships is expected to be announced by the government today, securing 10,000 jobs and the future of the Royal Navy. Defence sources said the Prime Minister would confirm that the two aircraft carriers will be built for about £3.5 billion - almost 10 years since the government announced they would be part of Britain's defences - The Daily Telegraph

Britain is likely to apply for emergency European Union aid worth hundreds of millions of pounds to foot the bill of the massive flood relief operation unfolding across central and southern England. The handout, if approved by Brussels, would help meet a damage bill that is expected to run to several billions, and which cash-strapped local authorities have warned ministers they will struggle to meet - The Daily Telegraph

A pre-1918 airship hangar, a Victorian pumping station and the remains of a medieval abbey are among 16 historic buildings on an 'at risk' register compiled by English Heritage. The group said that about $400m was needed to prevent 1,235 neglected edifices from crumbling into disrepair - The Financial Times

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