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Leapfrogging into the light

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Imaduddin Ahmed (UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management) writes about how off-grid solar home systems are helping the Rwandan government switch its role from energy provider to facilitator and regulator of private-sector provision. Read: Financial Times

Inspectors find safety irregularities at Creusot nuclear forge in France

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on safety irregularities found at a nuclear forge in France that has made parts for the UK's Hinkley Point power station. Read: The Guardian

U-shaped skyscraper in New York

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Professor emeritus Peter Cook (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) talks about ‘The Big Bend’, a U-shaped skyscraper in New York. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Outside Source’ (from 43 mins 14 secs)

Cleaning up Fukushima

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the challenges of cleaning up waste after nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima. Listen: BBC World Service 'Newsday' (from 46 mins 50 secs)

Satellite destinations compete with suburbs

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Professor Laura Vaughan (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on outer suburbs that include not only commuters but also a large portion of residents working within their borough. Read: Financial Times

British scientists face a ‘huge hit’ if the US cuts climate change research

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the importance of American government funding for climate change research. Read: The Guardian

Cruise holidays: who is leading the fleet for sustainable sea travel?

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the lack of consistent environmental regulations for the global shipping industry. Read: The Guardian

Tax fears over diesel cars have seen sales plummet

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Paul Drummond (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) is mentioned for calling on the UK government to raise the registration tax on diesel cars. Read: The Sun

Inside the Industry Building Trump's America Brick by Brick

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A book about concrete by professor emeritus Adrian Forty (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) is referenced. Read: The Atlantic

'Play' in urban design

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Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL Urban Laboratory) discusses how play can be incorporated into the design of cities. Listen: BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking'

Tomorrow's cities - nightmare vision of the future?

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Professor Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) comments on the interconnectedness of the built environment of cities. Read: BBC News

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

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