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A 'green calculator' software package called Life Cycle Analysis of Design can calculate the environmental and health impact of architects' designs. Architects at Bovis Lend Lease and Ove Arup in Sydney will test the prototype later this year.

Magician Paul Daniels has finally been given permission to raise his property on stilts after suffering two floods at his Thames side property in Wargrave, Berks.

Belgian authorities are to offer free travel to commuters in a bid to cut road congestion.

The pilot scheme will apply to all civil servants and state employees from 1 March this year and will extend to private sector workers in stages.

Danish toy company Lego is to try and revive its fortunes by making bricks for babies. The new 'Quatro' bricks will be eight times larger than the originals.

German-owned utility RWE Innogy has signed a £400M deal with Englefield Capital and First Islamic Investment Bank to double the size of its wind-power business over the next three years. The companies plan to expand REW Innogy's portfolio of wind farms from 220MW to about 430MW by 2007.

Strategic Rail Authority chairman Richard Bowker's control over a review of the rail system was in question this week after it was discovered that Department for Transport civil servant Mark Lambirth had been given a similar job, causing confusion over where review submissions should be directed.

Jarvis shares fell 24% last week and were downgraded from 'hold' to 'sell' after a Financial Times analysis revealed the company faced delays and dissatisfaction with many of its schools and university accommodation projects. The firm was criticised by subcontractors over its payment policies.

Liverpool City Council is to contribute £100M to a £500M redevelopment of King's Dock, one of four projects to be built in time for 2008 when the city is European Capital of Culture.

Building Crossrail will contribute £19bn to the UK economy over the next 30 years, according to a study for the mayor of London.

Only a third of the Great Wall of China remains as tourism and development are eroding it away.

The Wall is a protected UN World Heritage Site.

Scottish Water was fined £7,500 last week for spilling the equivalent of 95 lorry loads of sewage into Moray Firth as people were bathing.

The Railway Inspectorate has criticised Network Rail for failing to carry out an adequate safety assessment after making 600 managers redundant. It is claimed some worked in safety critical roles.

Passengers paid up to £5,000 to travel in Australia's first north-south passenger train line this week. The ' Ghan' will take three days to make the 1,851-mile journey from Adelaide to Darwin.

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