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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’

My Perfect Country: Michigan, USA

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Professor Peter Fonagy (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) joins Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) to examine whether the zero-suicide model by The Henry Ford Group is a staple addition to the perfect country or a one-off success story. Listen: BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’

Hinkley nuclear deal

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the delay in a final investment decision by EDF regarding the Hinkley Point nuclear reactor. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 15 mins 56 secs), Read: Guardian, More: Independent

My Perfect Country: Costa Rica

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) looks at the progressive energy policy implemented by Costa Rica that is leading the way in the race to be carbon neutral. Listen: BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’

Lima’s ‘Wall of Shame’ and the gated communities that build poverty into Peru

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Dr Camillo Boano (UCL Development Planning Unit) explains how the borrowed concept of gated communities is dividing rich from poor in the Peruvian capital. Read: The Conversation

Generating power from kites

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Andrew Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) explains how kites can be used to generate power. Watch: BBC One ‘The One Show’ (from 21 mins 2 secs)

Fall in oil prices

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) discusses the fall in oil prices and the issues this has caused. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hour 20 mins), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘News Briefing’ (from 9 mins 27 secs)

My Perfect Country: Estonia

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) looks at the digital revolution pioneered by the government in Estonia and asks whether something similar could work in other countries. Listen: BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’

Could a levy on air and shipping fuel sink emissions?

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says the IMF wants a levy on ship and plane fuel, but that won't magically create low-carbon alternatives. Read: The Conversation

EU referendum: 'Brexit' poses huge risk to Britain's countryside, experts warn

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) has voiced concerns that Britain’s exit from the EU would lessen the UK’s voice in tackling global environmental concerns. Read: Independent

EDF delays nuclear plant decision

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) comments on EDF’s announcement that it will postpone its “final investment decision” on the Hinkley Point project. Read: Times (£)

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