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Tax new diesel cars up to £5,000 to cut pollution, says report

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A report by researchers from the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources has suggested that the purchase of highly polluting diesel cars in the UK should be discouraged with a tax of up to £5,000 to help tackle the public health emergency of air pollution. Read: Guardian

Don't blame Brexit on working-class anger - it's more worrying than that

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In an op-ed piece, Dr D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) explains why the advent of white English nationalism is the truly ominous consequence of Brexit. Read: New Statesman

Hinkley project likely to become £18bn casualty

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says it is extremely unlikely that EDF will now proceed with plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point following the EU referendum result. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, Independent

Hidden killers: the post-war home

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Dr Katherine Curran (UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage) explores the developments that occurred in the science and manufacture of plastics during and after WWII and the impact this had on people’s lives and homes. Watch: BBC Four ‘Hidden Killers’ (from 11 mins 45 secs)

Hannah Fry: ‘There’s a mathematical angle to almost anything’

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Professor Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) is interviewed about her media work and future plans. Read: The Guardian

Solar energy industry says subsidy cuts have led to 18,000 job losses

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) comments on reports of extensive job losses in solar energy industry following recent changes to government energy policy. Read: The Guardian

CarbFix project

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) comments on the CarbFix project and how the process of carbon capture and storage works. Listen: BBC World Service ‘World Update’ (from 43 mins 23 secs)

Brexit backfire? UK actually has more ‘energy sovereignty’ inside the EU than out

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) explains why energy isolation would be more expensive and less secure for the UK. Read: The Conversation

AJ100 practices name Bartlett 'best school' – again

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The UCL Bartlett has been rated the best architecture school in a survey completed by the staff of AJ100 practices for 13th successive year. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Mindset and not toolset - it's all about people

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Professor Andrew Davies (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) says that although size can bring many challenges to project management, it’s not really the issue. Read: Raconteur

With HS2 dubbed over-priced by experts, does Britain have a problem with big infrastructure projects?

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Dr Robin Hickman (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) argues why HS2 is proof that Britain has a problem with large-scale infrastructure projects. Read: City AM

UK’s first fracking since 2011 may not be as bad as feared

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says the UK’s geology may mean fracking isn’t profitable. Read: New Scientist

Deal or no deal: are UK-style City Deals a good bet for Australia?

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) explains how evidence from the UK experience suggests there are pros and cons in both City Deals and Devolution Deals. Read: The Conversation

Third Energy

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to approve a shale gas fracking application from Third Energy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 16 mins 30 secs)

Trainspotting Live: Who is the host of the new BBC Four show, Dr Hannah Fry?

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) will be hosting a new BBC Four programme, Trainspotting Live, explaining the enormity of the UK rail network and the equations that go into keeping thousands of trains on the network every day. Read: Daily Express, More: Telegraph

Medellín escapes grip of drug lord to embrace radical urbanism

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Dr Catalina Ortiz (UCL Development Planning Unit), who worked on Medellín’s strategic city plans of 2005 and 2013, explains why 1991 was a key turning point for the city. Read: Guardian

No more second guessing!

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A team of designers, including the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, have created a theoretical emotion detector based on the Voight-Kampff machine from the sci-fi fantasy film 'Blade Runner'. Read: Daily Mail

Lessons for Fort McMurray's long road ahead to rebuilding

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Dr Cassidy Johnson (UCL Development Planning Unit) talks through some of the difficult decisions ahead for Fort McMurray, Canada, as they rebuild the town following a major forest fire. Listen: CBC ‘The Current’

Hinkley Point: UN says UK failed to consult over risks

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says a ruling from the UN Economic and Social Council on the UK failing to consult European countries properly over potential environmental risks, throws great uncertainty over Hinkley Point. Read: Guardian

London, reimagined: alternative tube maps – in pictures

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A map by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) shows the average life length of residents at each London Underground tube stop and a map by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis uses TfL data of Disabled Freedom Pass Card journeys to create real-time visualisations of tube use by disabled people. Read: Guardian

Beit Beirut

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Dr Camillo Boano (UCL Development Planning Unit) interviews Mona El Hallak, the woman fighting to preserve the Beit Beirut building as a memory of the old city. Read: Domus

Has the Chernobyl disaster affected the number of nuclear plants built?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says: “Nuclear energy is failing because it is simply too expensive, if there’s another nuclear accident in the next five or 10 years, you can say goodbye to the industry”. Read: Guardian

How London’s next mayor could fix air pollution – and save lives

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Clive Shrubsole (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) explains that the main mayoral candidates agree air quality is a huge issue, but disagree on policies. Read: The Conversation

Does London really need an elected mayor?

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) explains why there’s an argument to be made for the old way of doing things. Read: The Conversation

The Flaneur - walking in the city

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Dr Matthew Beaumont (UCL Urban Laboratory and UCL English Language & Literature) argues that the urban stroller isn't simply a by-product of modernism, illuminating London's past via the nocturnal wanderings of poets, novelists and thinkers. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ (from 8 mins 30 secs)

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