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London needs homes, not towers of ‘safe-deposit boxes’

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) questions whether too many new properties in London are simply designed as places for the super-rich to park their cash. Read: Guardian

Derivatives

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Dr D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses the history of derivatives. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘David Baddiel Tries to Understand’ (from 3 mins 40 secs)

London boundary

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Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) says that moving the London boundary to include Dartford, and other areas in Kent, would not solve the housing or transport problems in London. Listen: BBC Radio Kent ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 10 mins)

Much of world's fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change

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A study by Dr Christophe McGlade and Professor Paul Ekins (both UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) has found that large amounts of fossil fuel reserves should remain in the ground if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target. Read: Guardian, More: BBC News, BBC News (2), Independent, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian (2), Scotsman, The Week, Reuters, New Scientist, National Geographic, The Engineer, Time, Globe & Mail, CBC News, Sydney Morning Herald, Times of India, China Post, Naked Scientists, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 49 mins 20 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘Six O’Clock News’ (from 24 mins 7 secs)

Young opt for life in London microhouses

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says property developers who are building hostels and microhouses for young workers in London are following in the footsteps of landlords in earlier times. Read: Financial Times

Can maths combat terrorism?

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) investigates the hidden patterns behind terrorism and asks whether mathematics could be used to predict the next 9/11. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Discovery: Can Maths Combat Terrorism?’

Inside the digital 'Harry Potter' church

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A team led by Dr Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has teamed up with a church in Hackney to create a project aimed at exploring ways to communicate and share "empathy via digital means". Watch: BBC News

What Toronto can learn about transit from London’s deep dig

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Professor Michael Hebbert (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says the Crossrail development will “enable London to grow its capacity without growing physically”. Read: Globe and Mail

Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) explains that although Norway, Denmark and Sweden represent models many strive to emulate they are not the northern utopias they seem. Read: Guardian

The Bartlett wins the top RIBA students’ award

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UCL Bartlett student Nick Elias (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) has been awarded the RIBA Silver Medal for his postgraduate project entitled ‘PoohTown’. Read: Architects Journal

City’s former planning chief on why London is ‘unplannable’

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) takes a boat trip on the Thames to point out the highs and lows of the capital’s changing skyline. Watch: Financial Times

Nuclear plants closure bill to reach $100bn

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that the International Energy Agency’s $100bn estimate for closing down and cleaning up the world’s nuclear reactors is only for decommissioning and does not include the costs of permanent waste disposal. Read: Financial Times

Fracking won't cut bills and ministers 'oversold' shale gas benefits

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A report co-authored by Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) warns that fracking won’t cut energy bills and ministers have “oversold” the benefits of UK shale gas exploration. Read: Telegraph, More: Guardian, Northern Echo

IPCC report

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the latest IPCC report on climate change. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Sunday Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 18 mins)

Supplies of rare earth materials are still far from secure

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Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says: “Materials essential for technology products such as electric vehicles, wind turbines or hard disks, known as rare earth elements, aren’t becoming any less rare, or any less crucial”. Read: The Conversation

London ranks poorly for small businesses to make a living

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Dr Jessica Ferm (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that if conversions from office space into housing continue at their current rate, businesses moving away from the centre of London due to price increases will have fewer relocation options. Read: Financial Times

How the world of work runs on networks and networking

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Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) discusses how traditional network structures are beneficial in leveraging the weak ties between people but an ideal network wouldn't be discriminatory or exclusive. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Networking Nation' (from 5 mins 12 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'Nation of Networkers' (from 3 mins 13 secs)

Europe needs gas and Russia needs cash, so expect an energy-fuelled reconciliation

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Dr Catalina Spataru and Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) looks at whether Europe’s reliance on Russia for gas and Russia’s reliance on Europe for revenue could draw them back together despite the political rhetoric. Read: The Conversation

Ecotricity considers legal challenge over EU go-ahead for Hinkley Point C

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the European commission’s decision to give approval to Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. Read: Guardian

Maps, apps and technology to make city life more fun

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Technology is being used to make city navigation more fun, including a helmet designed by Panos Mavros (UCL CASA) which helps establish which routes in London are the least stressful for those whose vision is impaired and humanising technology by Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith (UCL CASA). Read: BBC News

Energy efficient buildings – beware possible health risks

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Melissa Lott (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources) looks at whether home energy efficiency initiatives could have negative impacts on public health. Read: The Conversation

Megaprojects revolution

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Professor Andrew Davies (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) explains how Heathrow T5 and Crossrail have helped transform the way we design and deliver infrastructure megaprojects in the UK. Read: Times

Meeting emissions target will create jobs

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Research conducted by Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) and Cambridge Econometrics has found that meeting targets to cut carbon from the power sector, transport, homes and businesses could reduce imports of oil and gas by £8.5bn a year by 2030. Read: Daily Mail, More: Belfast Telegraph

Where in the UK do people swear most on Twitter?

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A study by Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Ed Manley (UCL CASA) has revealed which areas of the UK Twitter users are most likely to swear in their posts. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, Guardian, Metro, Belfast Telegraph, The Hindu, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Future Proof' (from 30 mins 35 secs)

Qatari investment gives London developments a fillip

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Professor Peter Bishop (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) says Qatari investments in major London developments are having a beneficial impact on improving areas of capital such as the South Bank and the East End. Read: Gulf Times

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