Paterson 'to call for Climate Change Act to be suspended'

Reports that former environment minister Owen Paterson will say that the government's plan to cut carbon emissions and rely more heavily on renewable energy sources is 'fatally flawed' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph reports that Paterson will this week "argue that the 2008 Climate Change Act, which ties Britain into stringent targets to reduce the use of fossil fuels, should be suspended until other countries agree to take similar measures". Paterson will deliver the lecture at the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think tank set up by Lord Lawson of Blaby, a climate-change sceptic, the newspaper reports.

The Guardian reports on a call for the large numbers of fast food outlets near to schools to be "scaled back". According to the newspaper, a report published by the 2020health think-tank "says some chip shops, kebab houses and chicken joints should be closed as the temptation they pose for pupils is damaging schools’ efforts to promote healthy eating". The newspaper quotes Julia Manning, the think-tank’s chief executive, saying: "Fast-food outlets should all need a licence in the same way that off-licences do. There are far too many fast-food premises near schools. Limiting their number would have the support of schools and would help create a healthier environment for the schools. At the moment they are undermining schools’ attempts to help students to choose healthy meal options."

The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that London businesses are "polarised over the viability" of London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans for a series of cycle superhighways, "with some branding them unworkable in their current form and warning they could cause chaos for motorists". The paper says opposition "ranges from questions over the details of the plans, which call for the significant reallocation of roads even on busy stretches, to accusations that the mayor – who leaves office in 2016 – is pushing through a project for the sake of his legacy without proper consultation".

The Independent’s architecture critic, Jay Merrick, profiles the buildings on the shortlist for the Riba Stirling Prize, the winner which will be announced on Thursday. Merrick says if he could choose the winner he would pick the new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics. "The sheer ambition of the Student Centre’s design on such a dreadful site is absolutely remarkable. And when I first visited the building, two weeks after it opened, it was clear that it worked. The buzz, inside and around the Student Centre was palpable", he says.

The Guardian reports that green energy supplier Ecotricity is among companies and organisations considering a legal challenge against the European Commission’s decision to give approval to the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. The newspaper says that Austria "has already promised to fight the decision in the courts but Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity, said he might stand as an ‘interested party’ in the European court of justice to block the planned subsidy scheme for the £24 billion project in Somerset". Vince is quoted as saying the financial support agreed for Hinkley "would be an enormous burden for the country and there is the costs of decommissioning on top of that".


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