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Hinkley Point C developers will face £7.2bn cleanup bill

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on news that for the first time in the UK, the developers of a nuclear power plant will have to pay for its cleanup when it decommissions, saying the cost may be higher than predicted. Read: The Guardian

Did the working class really vote for Brexit?

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Dr D'Maris Coffman (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) is interviewed about the impact of inequality and class divides on the EU referendum. Watch: BBC Two 'Newsnight' (from 29 mins 37 secs)

Cap and trade gains global momentum

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the European Union's emissions trading system. Read: CBC

6,000-year-old fabric reveals Peruvians dyed with indigo before Egyptians

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Dr Jan Wouters (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) is featured for his contribution to research finding that a piece of striped cotton was indeed dyed by indigo more than 1,500 years before the Egyptians used indigo dye, possibly making it the earliest known example of cloth dyeing. Read: Los Angeles Times, More: PBS, International Business Times

UK government approves nuclear power station

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) expresses his concerns about Hinkley Point C, a nuclear power plant to be built in the UK and financed by France and China. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘World at One’ (from 23 mins 31 secs)More: BBC Radio London ‘Vanessa Feltz’ (from 1 hour 2 mins 10 secs)BBC Radio 5 '5 live Breakfast' (from 1 hour 7 mins 39 secs)Read: CNBC

After the Great Fire, London could have looked like Paris. Thankfully, it doesn't

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Recognising the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Professor Alan Penn, Dean of the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, writes about the master plans proposed for rebuilding the city, and how London benefited from a more pragmatic approach. Read: The Telegraph

Hinkley, the Chinese and keeping the lights on

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A letter Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute), who is subsequently quoted in further articles, about the potential implications if China invested in Hinkley power station. Read: The Times (£), More: The Guardian, The Mail, The Times (£)

Chinese Hinkley backer is accused of espionage

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Britain’s Chinese partner in the Hinkley Point power station deal is facing nuclear espionage charges in the US. Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) said that the development shows "concerns over involving China in UK critical nuclear infrastructure are clear and present". Read: The Times (£), More: The Mail, The Guardian, International Business Times, The Express

British-China relations and Hinkley Point 

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) explains the security concerns surrounding the Hinkley Point nuclear deal.  Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 53 mins)

Revealed: UCL names architects for new campus at Olympic Park

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UCL has chosen Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design the first two projects for its new UCL East campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.
Read: Architect's Journal (£), More: Building Design (£), Newham Recorder, Dezeen, UCL News

May is right to review Hinkley Point contract

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Letter by Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) about the government's position on Hinkley Point and the issues around energy provision. Read: Financial Times (£)

Nuclear fallout: Government cools on Hinkley Point after EDF approval

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) and Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) comment on plans for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. Read: City AM More: The Guardian,  Watch: BBC Newsnight (from 3 minutes, 48 secs)

Hinkley Point decision due as government restates commitment to nuclear

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Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) warns that state-backed EDF faces numerous problems over Hinkley decision. Read: City A.M.

A spirited and fascinating tour of our information age

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Review of television programme 'The Joy of Data', mentions Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis). Read: The Telegraph

Famous London Zoo aviary to be turned into new Regent's Park des res for monkeys

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Professor Murray Fraser (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on restoration plans for the iconic aviary at London Zoo. Read: Camden New Journal

Estimated cost of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant rises to £37bn

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) describes the £37bn estimated life time cost of Hinkley Point as a truly shocking figure that underlines how hard it is to get a real handle on the long-term cost of Hinkley. Read: Guardian

Tough to keep the world from warming when carbon is this cheap

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says: “Governments have set inadequate targets due to lobbying pressures and because they didn’t think carefully enough about overlapping efforts. That has destroyed investor confidence that carbon prices will rise”. Read: Bloomberg

The people trying to save democracy from itself

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Professor Yves Cabannes (UCL Development Planning Unit) explains how participatory budgets are used, saying they are: “… a way to re-establish confidence between citizens and local governments and the politicians – it’s one of the good ways to re-establish re-enchantment of the people”. Read: Guardian

Nanotech art conservation

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Carolien Coon (UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage) explains the role nanotechnology can play in art conservation. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 9 mins 19 secs), More: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 19 mins 20 secs)

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

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