Tollbooth workers on French motorways have staged a strike to protest at wages and work conditions. Drivers travelled free on tolled roads during the action.
Efforts to save the Kyoto Protocol on global warming have foundered on differences between Europe and Japan. Japan has criticised the latest EU plan to salvage the treaty with or without US agreement. US president George Bush refused to ratify the original plan in March.
Passengers at Luton Airport are being asked to pay a 'green tax' to combat global warming caused by aircraft.
Travellers can give 0.2p a mile to fund a tree planting programme around Luton to soak up CO 2emitted from planes.