A dispute is threatening to break out between Associated British Ports and PD Ports over rival plans to build massive new container and bulk port facilities in the north of England. PD Ports wants to expand Teesport with a £300M deep sea container terminal in the Tees, while ABP has £100M plans for the Port of Hull.
A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover. It is feared that an irreversible phase of warming has now started.
The number of construction workers has fallen to a 12 year low, says the Office of National Statistics. About 38,000 jobs were lost from April to July, the biggest fall since a cull of 56,000 in December 1993, as a result the collapse in the housing market.