The European Union is providing more than £100M in grants and loans to tackle pollution from Russia's second city, St Petersburg. The millions of litres of raw sewage which flow out of the River Neva every year have already taken their toll. Large areas of the seabed in the Gulf of Finland are now devoid of life, ruined by high levels of phosphorous.
Two 'kissing towers' are planned to be built in Leeds to give the city a new image.
Structural engineers are starting to make detailed studies of the towers, which are designed by architect Ian Simpson.
Daniel Libeskind, the architect who won the competition to redevelop the site of New York's World Trade Center, has revealed how the process degenerated into bitter feuds among rival designers.
Libeskind has been fighting to preserve what he can of his original concept, which has the 590m Freedom Tower as its centrepiece.
The upper half of the Swiss Re building in the City of London has failed to attract tenants, costing owner Swiss Re an estimated £5M in rent.