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In the papers today - 17 July

Campaign launched for new nuclear plants at Sellafield
Residents of Cumbria have begun petitioning Prime Minister Tony Blair calling on the government to base a new generation of nuclear power plants at Sellafield.

Over 10,000 signatures have been collected and forwarded to the Prime Minister following publication of the Energy Review last week. Trade unions representing Sellafield workers organised the petition The Guardian

Drought could hit Amazon

Locals fear a repeat of the drought conditions that hit the Amazon river basin cutting off thousands of residents last year. A state of emergency was called as rivers were turned to mud flats and boats were stranded.

In the Acre region, where last years drought began large sandbanks have begun to appear in the rivers. This usually happens at the end of the dry season in September. Brazilian environment minister Marina Da Silva blamed the drought on record sea temperatures in the south west Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico The Guardian

No common nuclear policy at G8

World leaders at the G8 summit in St Petersburg failed to agree on a common nuclear energy and global warming policy yesterday leading to a statement which merely acknowledged the problems ahead. The statement on 'Global energy strategy' said, 'those of us committed to making the Kyoto protocol a success underline the importance we attach to it'The Independent

Severe flooding hits Seoul

Seoul issued a national crisis warning yesterday as floods left 13 people dead and 18 missing in South Korea The Times

New build hospitals unsuitable

Billions of pounds are being spent on hospitals for the NHS that will not be suitable for the planned new patterns of care. A new report claims that the NHS could be left with 'white elephants' - huge hospitals that will take 30 years to pay off, when the future of healthcare lies with smaller, more flexible unitsThe Times

Scottish sandstone for Spanish Church

Sandstone from a Scottish quarry is to be used to complete one of the key parts of the world famous Spanish church La Sagrada Familia. Huge slabs of rock from a quarry in Moray are to be exported to Spain every month to complete a ceiling and staircase in the structure.Construction work on the church first began in 1882 under the architect Francisco de Paula de Villar. Antoni Gaudi took over construction but by the time of his death in 1926 only the crypt had been built The Scottsman

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