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The UK government has commissioned research into the viability of capturing carbon dioxide produced by industry and locking it away in depleted North Sea oil or gas wells. The government reckons greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could in this way be 'reduced' by up to 90%. The Department of Trade & Industry study will look at the environmental impact of storing CO 2 underground, risks of gases leaking back into the atmosphere, and how much capturing and storing the gas will push up energy prices.

Britain's first new canal for 100 years has just been opened in Lancashire. The 6.5km Millennium Ribble Link connects the existing but landlocked Lancaster Canal to the main waterway network.

Work cost US$9M and will eventually help link London to the Lake District by barge.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a US$47M contract to a team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff to design an extension of the Subway line 7 in Manhattan. The PB team includes STV Incorporated and the Louis Berger Group.

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