London Lite Wednesday, 19 August 2009 Climate czars wont work without air conditioning Openthewindowplanfails Psychologists called in for X Factor hopefuls by GeorGina littlejohn Makeyourmindup,Russ! nTODAY is set to become the one and only day of the late barbecue summer promised by weather forecasters this month. After a disappointing month, temperatures were due to rise to 30C today, which would make it the second hottest day of the year. But dont get too excited -- while well be basking in sunshine today, the Met Office has forecast showers for tomorrow and Friday and although it predicted a dry, sunny weekend, temperatures will drop by seven or eight degrees. CIVIL SERVANTS responsible for cutting Britains carbon emissions have scrapped an energy-saving plan to switch off their air conditioning and open the windows instead. The trial was abandoned after three days because officials complained about noise from building works, security risks and the wrong kind of breeze. An internal memo said: We have therefore decided to revert to air-conditioned cool- ing for the building. Staff at the Department for Energy and Climate Change in Whitehall were told other innovative ways to reduce the buildings carbon footprint would be looked at instead. Environmental campaigners said the decision sent a terrible message to the rest of the country. Jenny Jones, London Assembly mem- ber for the Green Party, said: Opening a window is the cheapest, most climate- friendly way of cooling a building. Government organisations just dont have that sense of urgency about climate change. Shadow energy and climate change spokesman Greg Clark added: If the Government considers opening win- dows to be innovative, it is hardly a surprise carbon emissions have barely dipped in the last decade. The department, in a Victorian Grade II-listed building in Whitehall Place, is ranked in the lowest G category for energy efficiency. A spokesman said: As this was a test, comments were encour- aged, it was not a case of complaints. RUSSELL BRAND was spoilt for choice for female company between takes for his latest Hollywood movie. In a break while filming Get Him To The Greek, the 34-year- old, perhaps unable to decide who was his favourite, divided his time between a blonde admirer and a brunette fan. Inbrief Why popcorn is as good as veg A BUCKET of popcorn contains the same cancer-fighting properties as fruit and vegetables, American research suggests. Scientists found it contained surprisingly large quantities of anti-oxidant polyphenol, which is also thought to fight heart disease. The team tested snacks and found the most antioxidants in popcorn. Sony starts war of the consoles SONY today sparked a high street price war by slashing the cost of its PlayStation 3 games console. A slimline version, the PS3 Slim, goes on sale next month for 249 -- 50 less than the current model. Stores were today expected to cut prices of the PS3 to a similar level in a bid to reduce stock. This could prompt price cuts for the Nintendo Wii and Microsofts Xbox. Cyclist critical after yob attack A CYCLIST is fighting for his life after a gang of youths attacked him last night in Surrey. The 39-year-old suffered serious head injuries in an apparently unprovoked assault in West Ewell. The man from Epsom was taken to St Georges Hospital in Tooting. Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack to call 0845 125 2222, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 1 coastal trip... on a Greyhound THE classic American Greyhound bus is coming to Britain to run services between Victoria and the south coast. Brand owner FirstGroup will launch the service next month with fares from 1 for London to Portsmouth and Southampton. But the buses wont have the lines of vintage Greyhounds -- they are revamped Scania coaches. PSYCHOLOGISTS will be on set during the new series of The X Factor to protect contestants from the pressure of appearing on the talent show. Teams have been drafted in after the shows creator and judge Simon Cowell decided to allow the auditions to take place in front of a 3,000-strong audience instead of just judges. The move has been prompted by the row over the treatment of Susan Boyle, runner-up in the last series of Britains Got Talent, who collapsed from exhaustion and was sent to The Priory clinic for treatment. There was also concern after 10- year-old singer Hollie Steel broke down in tears on stage during the BGT semi-final. Psychologists were previously on call but now all 24 X Factor finalists will be given full psychological appraisals to check their state of mind. Auditions for the new X Factor have been filmed and the series starts on ITV1 on Saturday. Tears: Hollie Steel cried during BGT H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html