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One Job the Robots Can Have: Cleaning Nuclear Waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the long-term challenges of cleaning up nuclear sites. Read: Bloomberg

Could Toshiba be about to back out of the nuclear energy industry?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on why Toshiba's nuclear branch has had so much trouble, in a week when they announce losses of more than $6 billion. Listen: BBC World Service 'Business Matters' (from 17 mins 42 secs)

France nuclear plant explosion: no risk of contamination, say experts

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that while a fire at a nuclear plant in France wasn't major, it adds to pressure the energy company is facing. Read: The Guardian

Made in London no more: will property speculation kill industry in the capital?

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Dr Jessica Ferm (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) comments on how expensive housing developments are pushing out light industry in London. Read: The Guardian

Even Trump can't dismiss the success of renewables

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the economic potential of renewable energy, and how its future looks in the US, the UK and Asia. Read: The Guardian

Government commissioned study gives bleak view of life with driverless cars

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A report by the UCL Transport Institute was commissioned by the Department for Transportation to identify the key social and behavioural questions that should be addressed relating to driverless cars. Read: Daily Mail

Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the prospects for UK energy policy if the planned Moorside nuclear power station doesn't get built. Read: The Guardian

How lithium mined in Cornwall could boost Britain’s green tech

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Professor Raimund Bleischwitz (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) writes about new exploration into mining lithium from hot spring brines in Cornwall, and what it could mean for clean energy, the environment and the economy. Read: The Conversation

Airtight houses needed to protect Londoners from rise in pollution

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Clive Shrubsole (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the potential benefits of mandating balanced ventilation systems for London buildings to protect residents from air pollution, saying they're long overdue. Read: Evening Standard

UK confirms plan to leave European atomic energy community

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on the implications of the UK pulling out of Euratom. Read: Financial Times, More: The Guardian, Express

What can be done to improve air quality?

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Professor Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) discusses air quality in London, and his project to share data with the public using internet-connected gnomes. Read: BBC News

Should all countries use the Shanghai maths method?

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) comments on the relative merits of Shanghai's school system compared to that of the UK. Read: BBC News, More: BBC World Service 'The Compass'

Smart buildings predict when critical systems are about to fail

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Professor David Shipworth (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on predictive maintenance, the development of a machine learning algorithm that can predict heating and ventilation system failures. Read: New Scientist

Two cheers for Swansea’s tidal lagoon

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on UK energy policy, and suggests the new tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will only be worth the cost if more tidal lagoons are built as well. Read: The Observer

Tunisia: 'State Feminism'

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses the status of women in Tunisia, and how its policies and societal norms compare to the rest of the world. Listen: BBC World Service 'The Compass'

How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) comments on how Japan doesn't view gun ownership as a civil liberty. Read: BBC News

The Guardian view on New Year resolutions: fitter, happier, more productive

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Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) is quoted about how economists view human decision-making, from her latest book. Read: The Guardian

Toshiba share price tumbles

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on challenges faced by companies working in nuclear power, after Toshiba's shares plummet following their admission of overpaying for US nuclear power station service company Westinghouse. Listen: BBC World Service 'World Business Report' (from 11 mins)

Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic

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Professor Julio Davila (UCL Development Planning Unit) comments on how a cable car is connecting residents of poor neighbourhoods with the economic life of Mexico City. Read: New York Times

Dozens of nuclear blunders ‘ignored’

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on concerns that the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation is too quick to dismiss serious mistakes at power plants and military bases. Read: The Times

How Peru cut its poverty rate in half in ten years

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses the relative merits of poverty reduction policies employed by the government of Peru. Listen: BBC World Service 'The Compass'

Why houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) comments on how white stepped roofs in Bermuda are designed to harvest rain. Read: BBC News Online

A Future for Nuclear Power?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) is interviewed about the the vast costs involved in nuclear power. Listen: BBC World Service 'Business Daily'

Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals

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Dr Marcella Ucci (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on research into the benefits of green certified buildings. Read: The Guardian

National Grid sells majority stake in pipelines to foreign investor consortium

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Professor Mike Raco (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) discusses the implications of UK public infrastructure being held by foreign investors. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Wake up to Money' (from 33 mins)

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