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United Utilities, the electricity generator, is to plough £200M into renewable energy schemes, including two new wind farms, landfill gas, biomass and small scale hydroelectric plants. In the long term United plans to plant fast growing willow in Cumbria to burn at local power stations.

Firefighters are still working to put out the blaze beneath the World Trade Center, almost two and a half months after the buildings collapsed.

Firefighting experts call this the longest commercial building fire in US history.

Scotland's new parliament building at Holyrood is expected to cost £240M - six times the original estimate, it was revealed this week.

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the treasury to quantify the cost overrun of major public sector projects since 1980. Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman, Matthew Taylor, believes that the research will be used to 'load the dice' in favour of public private partnerships.

A £60M mixed use waterfront development has been approved by Liverpool City Council, creating 2,500 jobs by 2003.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are being wasted due to the government's delay over deciding on a long term waste storage policy, claims the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Medium term storage schemes are being used which could be incompatible with the eventual long term strategy.

China is set to divert water from the Yangtze River in the south to the parched plains of the north in a £43bn scheme. Three channels will be constructed, each measuring over 1,000km, with many aqueducts and a 10km water tunnel under the Yellow River. Up to 1M people will need to be resettled to make way for channels running from the Yangtze to the Yellow, Huai and Hai rivers.

Catholic construction workers in Derry were put on a high state of alert this week following death threats from loyalist paramilitaries. Security forces have stepped up patrols, especially in Protestant areas of the city.

Ken Livingstone's planned congestion charging scheme for London was this week condemned by strategy consultant Roland Berger.

It proposes satellite based in-car tracking technology instead of the more expensive installation of digital cameras under the mayor's proposal.

Roland Berger predicts an extra £2.5bn would be raised for London's coffers over a 10 year period.

First World War graves from the battle of the Somme in 1916 will need to be moved to make way for Paris's proposed third airport. The French government has committed £350M to the project at the site 120km north of Paris near Chaulnes, which will eventually carry 75M passengers per year.

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