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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

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