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What the papers say - FINANCIAL TIMES

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The UK still recycles less than most European countries, according to government figures released last week. England will have recycled 17% of household waste in 2003/4 and the government hopes this will reach 25% by the end of 2005.

The Netherlands, Austria and Germany recycle over 50%.

The aim to halve extreme poverty by 2015 is achievable, according to a three year study by US economist, Jeffrey Sachs.

The UN says the international plan to achieve universal primary education and ensure environmental sustainability will require increased aid to the developing world.

The Airports Council International Europe which represents over 450 airports has said aviation could be included in the second stage of the European Union's greenhouse gas emissions trading initiative by 2008. The scheme is intended to help EU members cut emissions in line with the Kyoto protocol agreement.

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