'Ministers to tell councils not to block 5G applications'

News that the government is set to write to councils to tell them not to refuse planning applications for new 5G mobile technology equipment features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times reports that ministers are set to tell every local authority not to block planning applications for 5G technology "over claims that it is a cancer risk". Ministers "fear that unfounded concerns about the safety of the next generation of mobile internet technology could stall its deployment nationwide", the newspaper says. Conspiracy theorists spreading myths and health scares about 5G - including claims that its radio waves can increase rates of cancer, dementia, suicide, infertility and autism - are pressing councillors to introduce local bans. 

The Sunday Times reports that campaigners have proclaimed fracking in the UK to be "dead" in the UK" after energy firm Cuadrilla prepares to leave its site in Preston. According to the newspaper, the fracking company "has begun removing equipment from its only testing area after the work was blamed for minor earthquakes in August" with "no plans to continue at the Lancashire site". In addition, an imminent energy white paper from the government is "set to prioritise renewable energy over fracking".

The Guardian reports on the latest research showing that the number of shoppers heading to UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has fallen by 10 per cent in the last seven years.

According to the Daily Telegraph, renewable energy generated more electricity than fossil fuel power plans in the last three months, a "milestone in the move towards zero carbon". The figures from news website Carbon Brief show that in the third quarter of the year, renewable sources, including wind and solar, overtook coal, gas and oil "for the first time since the industrial revolution". 

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