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In the papers today - Wednesday December 4

The Barker review proposes allowing more building on green belt sites around cities. The proposal drew protest from environmental groups, who predicted a 'sprawl' of new development across the countryside - The Financial Times
The 'Chelsea Tractor', once the vehicle of choice for footballers' wives and parents taking their children to school, has suffered a sharp drop in popularity. Sales of 4x4s were down 15% last month compared with November 2005, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders will say today. In the year to date, sales have fallen 6% - the first drop in a decade - The Independent Drivers have been openly flouting parking laws in a market town after their only traffic warden was suspended. The parking free-for-all has brought chaos to Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, as motorists take full advantage of the unpatrolled streets by parking on yellow lines and in loading bays - The Daily TelegraphThe Civil Aviation Authority yesterday proposed to remove the system of price controls for Stansted airport, and seems likely to recommend something similar for Manchester airport next month, giving both a boost. They also proposed increasing charges at Heathrow. The move is part of the biggest shake-up of airport regulation since the privatisation of airport operator BAA in 1987. An investigation by the Office of Fair Trading could break the virtual monopoly of BAA over the London airports - The Financial TimesLarge companies could face compulsory carbon quotas under a new CO2 trading scheme. Carbon trading aims to curb emissions by handing firms quotas. Those that exceed their quota can buy credits from low carbon producers, or must pay a fine. The top 5,000 UK businesses and public sector organisations would come under the cheme, which is being drafted by ministers - The TimesMobile phones pose no increased risk of giving their users cancer, according to the largest ever study investigating a possible link. In Denmark, 420,000 mobile users have been followed for 21 years. They have been found to have the same chance of developing cancer as in the non-mobile using population - The TimesMining giant Rio Tinto has appointed internal candidate Tom Albanese, currently director of group resources, as its new chief executive. The 49-year-old American will take up his new post on May 1 2007 - The TimesNASA yesterday unveiled plans to build a permanent base on the moon within 20 years that will allow humans to live there. The base will be used as a launching site for missions to Mars, as well as for analysis of the Earth from space - The GuardianThe British economy could enjoy an £80bn boost over the next 30 years if it embraced a radical shake-up of its training and skills programmes, according to a review commissioned by Gordon Brown. At present, however, Britain is on course for 'undistinguished mediocrity' lagging behind competitors such as the US and Germany and new challenges from China and India, says the review's author Lord Leitch - The Guardian

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