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Why onshore wind isn’t as cheap as it should be in the UK

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Andrew Smith (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) examines the steps the UK can take to make onshore wind power the country’s cheapest renewable. Read: The Conversation

Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health

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The second report by the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change suggests that climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, Daily Express, Financial Times, Mirror, Daily Mail, Guardian (2), Express & Star, Reuters, NY Times, Washington Post, TIME, Huffington Post, New Scientist, The Engineer, UCL News

Bartlett dean warns developers are in danger of repeating mistakes of 1960s

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Professor Alan Penn (UCL Built Environment Faculty Office) is leading a parliamentary inquiry into the positive effect design can have on human behaviour. Read: Building Design, More: Building Design (2)

Marshall Islands, the flag for many ships, seeks to rein in emissions

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Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources) says the designs of ship parts like the propeller, the hull and the engine are likely to become more efficient. Read: New York Times

Couples who regularly complain last longer

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Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) says that couples with a low negativity-threshold tend to stay together longer. Read: Daily Mail

Slowly and steadily, Somaliland builds its health system

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Dr Michael Walls (UCL Development Planning Unit) says: “Somaliland's lack of recognition as an independent country means donors give to civil society although there is now a quasi-budget support system”. Read: Lancet

Bartlett retakes title of best university to study architecture

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The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has returned to the top of The Guardian’s annual league of UK architecture schools. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Bartlett demolition phase completes

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Work has completed on the demolition phase of Hawkins\Brown’s revamp of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Social networks and the new art of the possible

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Foteini Valeonti (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has created Useum, a social network for art. Read: Times (£)

To demolish or to refurbish, that is the urban question

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Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says “demolition is a natural part of the life cycle of cities and is necessary for urban areas to change and evolve”. Read: Financial Times

Where will nuclear power plants of the future be built?

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Dr Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute) looks at the future of nuclear power plants. Read: The Conversation

Shell’s record adds to the anger of those opposing Arctic drilling

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Commenting on Shell receiving US Arctic drilling approval, Dr Christophe McGlade (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says that the costs and risks of Arctic reserves were too high, especially if climate regulations reduced the demand for fossil fuels in general. Read: New York Times

Tory victory a huge blow to UK green energy industry, campaigners warn

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says: “The next five years will see a fascinating exercise in how to reconcile seemingly inconsistent energy and climate policy objects”. Read: Independent

Bartlett ranked second best place in world to study architecture

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The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has been ranked second in the new QS league table of the world’s 100 best places to study architecture. Read: Architects Journal (£)

Doing the maths on a hung Parliament

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) calculates the Banzhaf power index, a mathematical tool for working out how power is distributed in a hung parliament, for some plausible electoral scenarios. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Campaign Sidebar’ (from 15 mins 18 secs)

STEM education

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Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) takes part in a panel discussion on how arts and culture can interplay with STEM education. Listen: BBC Radio London 94.9 ‘Robert Elms’ (from 1 hour 43 mins)

The end of poverty?

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) discusses which policies could help reduce poverty and potentially end it within a generation. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Business Daily’ (from 9 mins 50 secs)

How the energy grid handles the surge after a solar eclipse

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Dr Catalina Spataru (UCL Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources) explains how the solar eclipse may affect Europe’s electrical grids. Read: The Conversation

What should the UK do about foreign aid?

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The UK is about to pass legislation committing it to ringfencing 0.7% of gross national income for international development spending. Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) offers a personal perspective on the way forward. Read: BBC News

Forest of luxury flats rises on London’s skyline

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Commenting on the increasing number of towers being built in London, Professor Peter Rees (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) says such developments are “an over-commoditisation of housing and result in the creation of ghost communities”. Read: Financial Times

Global CO2 emissions

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Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) discusses the latest data on global carbon emissions from the International Energy Agency. Listen: BBC World Service ‘Newshour’ (from 27 mins 13 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' (from 11 mins 38 secs)

Data visualisation: Science on the map

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Dr Duncan Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) and Oliver O'Brien (UCL Geography) explain how they have used customized mapping tools in their research. Read: Nature

The End of Development

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Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) argues that the age of development is over, and that we need to move to new ideas about how to improve human lives. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Analysis’

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe

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Professor Iain Borden (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) takes a satirical look at what is meant by architecture. Watch: BBC Two ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’ (from 26 mins 12 secs)

Why a submerged island is the perfect spot for the world’s biggest wind farm

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Dr Xavier Lemaire (UCL Energy Institute) examines why the UK government is proposing to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm on the Dogger Bank, off England’s east coast. Read: The Conversation

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