An official government opinion poll reveals that support for fracking for shale gas in Britain has fallen to a record low of just 13 per cent while opposition has hit a record high of 36 per cent, The Times reports. According to the newspaper, ministers have been tracking public attitudes to fracking since 2014, when support was as high as 29 per cent and only about a fifth of people said they opposed the process.
Rising sea levels prompted by 3C of global warming would mean that "the entire shape of eastern England would change", the Guardian reports. It says that the United Nations warns that a 3C rise in global temperatures will happen unless governments take far more drastic action to reduce emissions. "Global warming of 3C would lock in changes to the climate that would ultimately - several decades down the line - swamp most farm fields and much of the coastline in this eastern county. The growing threats of flooding, storm surges and coastal erosion are already evident."
Activity in the UK construction sector unexpectedly grew last month but confidence about future work has dropped to the lowest level in nearly five years, The Times (subscription required) reports. According to the newspaper, economists said that the purchasing managers’ index showed that "fragile demand from clients and fewer large projects coming up for tender was leading to a ‘dark cloud’ over the outlook for the construction sector in the short term".
London house price growth is forecast to lag well behind other regions over the next five years, the Guardian reports. According to the newspaper, property firm Savills is predicting that average house prices in the capital will fall 1.5 per cent this year and 2 per cent in 2018, and be flat in 2019, before returning to growth. "Overall, property values in London will rise 7.1 per cent between 2018 and 2022, far below every other region and sharply down from the 56 per cent growth seen in the capital over the last five years," the newspaper says.