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In the papers Tuesday 18 September

Plans for The Shard, London's tallest 72-storey skyscraper, are on hold after its developers failed to secure funding during the global credit crunch...

... Construction work on the £1bn Shard at London Bridge was expected to start two weeks ago, but those involved in the project have been told demolition of the existing building will not begin until at least mid-October - The Daily Telegraph

London's 2012 Olympic authority splashed out more than £7M hiring 65 temporary workers last year. The Olympic Delivery Authority paid consultants an average of £118,500 each to recruit staff for the planning and construction of the Olympic Park and venues - The Daily Telegraph

A French-led consortium has signed a half-billion dollar deal to build a new shelter for the Chernobyl reactor near Kiev. The new steel shelter will enclose the concrete sarcophagus built after the nuclear accident in 1986. The sarcophagus has been leaking radiation for years. The Times

The Liberal Democrats yesterday became the first Westminister party to back a zero-carbon Britain, including a ban on all petrol driven cars by 2040, but had to fight off warnings from some senior members that the simulataneous rejection of nuclear power meant the plans did not add up - The Guardian

A transatlantic backlash against soaring use of plastic bottles has forced the world's two leading drinks manufacturers to pledge dramatically to improve their recycling rates amid growing public concern at the environmental impact of bottled drinks. Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that sales of mineral water in Britain reached 965 million litres last year, an increase of nearly a third since 2001 - The Independent

Severe flooding across east, central and west Africa has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, killing at least 250 people, and washing away much of the continent's most fertile farmland. More rain
is expected and aid agencies are warning that the need for food, shelter and medicine in the affected regions is urgent. At least 15 countries across Africa were thought to be affected by the flooding
from Senegal in the west to Kenya in the east. West Africa has suffered most with deaths in Burkina Faso, Togo, Mali and Niger - The Independent

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