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NCE Live News Updates Friday 27 September: Man 'extremely likely' to have caused climate change

Global panel finds fresh evidence of human influence on Earth’s temperature; War of words breaks out between Heathrow and Gatwick.

5pm: Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced 15 areas that will share £25M to tackle local highway congestion.

Single schemes in Reading, Hampshire, Torbay, Hammersmith and Fulham, and South Gloucestershire, as well as two schemes in Devon, will benefit from the latest slice of funding from the Local Pinch Point Fund.

So will projects in Barnsley, Telford, Blackburn with Darwen, York, Wigan, Lincolnshire, Stockton and Staffordshire.

The government said this took the total number of schemes to receive investment from the fund to 87. McLoughlin invited councils to submit bids by the end of October for a share a further £55M.

 

12pm: A planning application for the A6 to Manchester Airport relief road could be submitted next month.

Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire councils are working through the approvals process for the scheme.

After a second phase of public consultation this summer, measures have been introduced to reduce noise and visual impact.

The project will see a 10km-long dual carriageway connect the A6 to Manchester Airport. Works will include seven new junctions and four junction improvements.

 

11.30am: A war of words has broken out between Heathrow and Gatwick airports as tension mounts over the future of UK air transport.

Heathrow said it had submitted evidence to the Airports Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies questioning Gatwick’s ability to support long haul flights to growth markets.

Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews said: “Gatwick’s proposal to prevent Heathrow expanding, while adding a new runway at its own airport, endangers Britain’s future competitiveness.”

But a Gatwick spokesperson hit back: “Gatwick believes that expansion at Heathrow will prove impossible not least because of its noise impacts, which are already more than all the EU hub airports put together.”

 

11am: Witherford Watson Mann’s restoration of Astley Castle in Warwickshire has won UK architecture’s top prize.

The scheme – carried out by York-based conservation contractor William Anelay – was last night awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for 2013.

Astley castle was transformed from a derelict shell into a Landmark Trust holiday home in under two years from September 2010.

William Anelay managing director Tony Townend said: “The project clearly struck a chord with the UK public and we’re delighted that the project has been recognised in this way.”

 

10.45am: Main contractor FCC has successfully carried out the first tests of trains on Central America’s first metro line.

Panama president Ricardo Martinelli witnessed the 2km trial run between Albrook and 5 de Mayo stations in Panama City.

Panama Metro Line 1 is now more than 90% complete.

FCC is leading a consortium that includes Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht and French company Alstom, which will provide the rolling stock.

 

10am: Man’s influence is ‘extremely likely’ to have caused the temperature of the Earth’s surface over the past 60 years, a global panel of scientists has concluded.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that evidence of human causes of climate change had grown.

It said each of the last three decades had been warmer at the Earth’s surface than any decade since 1850.

“Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” said Qin Dahe, co-hair of IPCC Working Group I.

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