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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)

This mesmerising data viz shows all of the world's shipping routes

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An interactive shipping map, developed by the UCL Energy Institute and digital journalism studio Kiln, charts the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over the course of 2012. Read: City AM

Unlocking small spaces could be the key to solving London’s housing crisis

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Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) explains that there's capacity for 220,000 new homes in London’s brownfield sites. Read: The Conversation

How Chinese nuclear deal leaves UK vulnerable to ‘catastrophic’ cyber attack

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on the security issues surrounding Chinese investment in British nuclear energy plants. Read: Sunday Express

In urban development, universities can be better neighbours

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In an op-ed piece, Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL Urban Laboratory) explains why higher education institutions should listen to those who are less powerful when planning expansion. Read: THE

Britain on the brink of blackouts for four winters

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says he believes the demand-supply margin for energy is still very close but the system is more flexible than people think. Read: Times (£), More: Guardian, Guardian (2), Financial Times, Yorkshire Post

Should the UK pull plug on Hinkley Point nuclear power station?

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) says doubts about a planned nuclear power plant and the rise of renewable power suggest it is time to rethink a key plank of UK energy strategy. Read: New Scientist

What Sydney can learn from Hong Kong about affordable housing

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Professor Nick Gallent (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says that despite the significant affordability levies, England had been “very bad at building housing” with some major housing sites having a decades-long history of “development inertia”. Read: Sydney Morning Herald

Pompey’s predicament

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Professor Nicholas Phelps (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) comments on the problems faced by the city of Portsmouth due to it's reliance on the naval industry. Read: The Economist

My Perfect Country: Uganda 

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) looks at how communities in Uganda have revolutionised the justice system by taking matters into their own hands. Listen: BBC World Service, 'My Perfect Country'

Hinkley Point C boss leaves project

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the implications of EDF’s finance director stepping down before the final investment decision on the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hour 23 mins)

Why the World Service is worth every penny

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In My Perfect Country, broadcast on BBC World Service, Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute of Global Prosperity), Martha Lane Fox and Fi Glover, have been looking at ideas and initiatives from across the world that could be brought together to construct an ideal state. Read: Spectator

My Perfect Country: India

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) examines India’s pioneering work on sanitation for women. Listen: BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’

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