Wind turbines "last for half as long as previously thought" as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 years

Wind turbines 'last for half as long as previously thought' as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 yearsStudy of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 yearsThe research will fuel criticism of wind farms | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 30 December 2012 Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years.

Spending watchdog slams defence chief"s 220,000 pay deal with 25,000 thrown in for a London flat

Spending watchdog slams defence chief's 220,000 pay deal with 25,000 thrown in for a London flatFormer Labour advisor Bernard Gray was hired by the coalition in 2011 to be in charge of military equipment But his pay and perks package was not properly signed off by the TreasuryNational Audit Office refuses to sign off the Ministry of Defence's accounts PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 7 December 2012 Bernard Gray was appointed as Chief of Defence Materiel in 2011, but the deal to pay him for a London flat was not signed off properly, the National Audit Office found The Ministry of Defence agreed to contribute some 25,000 towards a senior official's living expenses without proper authorisation from the Treasury, auditors said last night.