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In the Papers Wednesday 19 September

Airport operator BAA has paid its own security staff to protest at a public inquiry hearing evidence about the environmental damage that would be caused by the expansion of Stansted airport...

The staff were given paid time off from carrying out security checks to support their employer's application to increase the number of flights by 75,000 a year. More than 40 staff and airport contractors attended the inquiry yesterday. The Times

Plans have been announced to build 50,000 more affordable homes in London over the next three years. Mayor Ken Livingstone said that he would use his new housing and planning powers to drive up the supply of new homes. The 50,000 target by 2011 would be a 50% increase in the delivery of affordable homes and a doubling in the supply of homes for social rent, he said. The Times

The British Wind Energy Association says the planning system will stop Britain from meeting its target of generating 10% of its power from renewables by 2010. It says the Scottish Executive is blocking more than half of the planned increase in renewables capacity. Financial Times

Climate change is so far advanced that serious damage to the environment is inevitable, leading scientists said yesterday. Action to limit the impact can only make the difference between moderate and severe damage rather than preventing it altogether. The Times

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