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  • UK on course to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to almost double its Kyoto target, but the 2010 domestic goal, to cut CO2 emissions by 20 per cent on 1990 levels, looks increasingly difficult to achieve. Defra, January 31 / "New figures show huge rise in aviation emissions." FoE / Climate change UK news
  • Water metering in areas of serious water stress - draft proposals published for comment. Defra, January 30 / Drought in England and Wales
  • Richmond Councillors vote for CO2 parking charges. The proposals were first mooted in October 2006. Initial proposals were followed by a consultation exercise where 47% of respondents indicated they were in favour, 39% were opposed with the balance undecided. The consultation also indicated that almost 2/3 (64%) indicated that the new charges would make them consider changing to less polluting vehicles. Richmond upon Thames council, January 30. - Richmond parking charge scheme welcomed. FoE / London, Climate change UK news
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  • Government announces proposals for 'Communities England', a new agency to deliver regeneration and housing. The proposed agency will bring together the functions of English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation, and a range of work carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government, including "delivery in the areas of decent homes, housing market renewal, housing PFI, housing growth and urban regeneration." Communities and Local Government, January 17 / New Start editorial January 17 2007
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