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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)

Spikes, railings and water part of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) comments on anti-homeless measures, saying they're part of a general shift in attitudes towards public space that could be hostile to everyone. Read: The Guardian

Queen's Christmas speech is most repetitive festive programme on TV

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An analysis by Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Thomas Oléron Evans (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) found the Queen tends to repeat the same words and phrases in her yearly Christmas speech. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Times

Nuclear incident off our coast has potential to bankrupt Ireland

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) says that a bad nuclear incident in northwestern Europe could severely impact Ireland. Read: Irish Times

Foie gras & the politics of taste

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses how foods are part of personal and cultural identities. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' (from 12 mins 40 secs)

Brexit’s nuclear fallout: 3,000 cubic metres of Oxfordshire waste

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on concerns that the UK leaving the EU would also mean leaving Euratom, Europe’s treaty framework for the safe civilian use of nuclear energy. Read: Financial Times

Female pupils close gap in maths achievement

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) comments on research finding there are more girls achieving top marks in mathematics than in previous years. Read: Daily Mail

Home Power Storage

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Melissa Lott (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources), Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry), and Dr Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) discuss the science of electrical energy storage. Listen: BBC World Service 'CrowdScience'

Populism’s hatred of diversity will kill prosperity

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) writes about populist movements such as Donald Trump's campaign and Brexit, and how their insularity and rejection of diversity runs counter to data on the high levels of prosperity enjoyed by some of the world's most multicultural societies. Read: Huffington Post

Nuclear waste to remain at old UK plants rather than moved off-site

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) criticises the UK government's plan to keep contaminated soil and rubble at the sites of old nuclear power plants. Read: The Guardian

What will Trump mean for climate change?

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Professor Robert Lowe (UCL Energy Institute) comments on whether Donald Trump becoming president will prevent the world from achieving its global temperature targets. Read: BBC News

Britain's last coal power plants to close by 2025

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Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) comments on future energy sources in the UK. Read: The Guardian

Here’s what happened at Habitat III

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Dr Vanesa Castan Broto (UCL Bartlett Developmental Planning Unit) writes a recap of Habitat III, the United Nation’s global conference on the future of cities. Read: The Conversation

Infrastructure: The Roads to Recovery?

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Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) talks about the historical context of John Maynard Keynes developing his ideas during the Great Depression, while Professor Michelle Baddeley (UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management) weighs in on the potential impact of Theresa May's Keynesian plan for infrastructure spending to kick-start the UK economy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'The Briefing Room'

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