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What the papers say - FINANCIAL TIMES

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Wind farm construction hit record levels this year, although the development of offshore schemes must accelerate if government is to meet its climate change targets.

The figures were announced by trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt at the European Wind Energy Conference last week.

The British Wind Energy Association says 253MW of new capacity will have begun operating this year.

Europe's biggest retail development is to begin construction in Liverpool. The 20ha scheme at Paradise Street will include John Lewis and Debenham's department stores, a hotel and other retail and residential space. Some £400M of the £750M development cost will be covered by a loan raised by the Duke of Westminster's property arm Grosvenor Estates.

Economic growth in south east England will threaten the quality of life if it continues at its present rate of 2.9%, the Institute of Public Policy Research has claimed in a new report. It finds road traffic will rise by a quarter, water use by 15% and air pollution by 7.5% by 2015.

Over 200 contractors, consultants and engineers met Iraqi government officials in Jordan on Monday to discuss the next phase of the country's reconstruction.

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